USSSA appoints Chris Florence as a Vice President of USSSA Fastpitch. Most recently Florence has served as the National Championship Director for USA Elite Select. Within his new role as a sport VP, Chris will oversee national Fastpitch administration, communication, and director relationships as well as oversee the USA Elite Select program. He will work nationally with Excecutive Vice President Jeremy McDowell and Vice President Jeff Strode and with USSSA State Directors across the country.
Chris Florence has been involved with all levels of USSSA since he began his USSSA journey in 2005. Florence first got involved with USSSA in 2005 as the Director of Baseball for the Hampton Youth Club at North Forty Park outside of Atlanta. In 2008, he moved to USSSA Fastpitch teaming up with Jerry Parham to start the Georgia USSSA Fastpitch program. The following year Chris assumed the Area Director title and oversaw all USSSA Fastpitch in the Atlanta area. He eventually became the Director of Tournament Operations for the Georgia USSSA Fastpitch program.
In 2009, Florence was introduced to the USSSA national scene when he began volunteering at the Road to Orlando World Series. During his time working with the national event, Chris was introduced to Fastpitch's Executive Vice President Jeremy McDowell. At the time, Chris’s daughter Christen was becoming very active in the elite level game nationally as she competed on one of the top organizations in the country, the Atlanta Vipers. This exposed Chris to the needs of the elite level and how USSSA could expand it’s reach within the elite game. In 2012, Chris founded the Gold Cup Series in the Atlanta area which brought together the top programs in the Georgia under the USSSA umbrella and showed how USSSA could use it's platform to provide the elite game new opportunities.
When USSSA launched the USA Elite Select program in 2015, Chris Florence was appointed as the National Championship Director. Chris traveled the country the first two years of the program working with state and area USSSA directors, building relationship with elite organizations, and running the National Qualifiers. Additionally, Chris served as the National Director for the World Fastpitch Championship and Futures World Fastpitch Championship helping them both grow in team totals and national representation.
We are excited to have Chris working full time within USSSA Fastpitch. He brings a wealth of experience at all levels of USSSA from the grassroots and recreational programs to the elite level in USA Elite Select. He has a passion for growing the sport and a huge passion for helping USSSA directors grow their respective areas. And he always packs his rain boots if your parks ever need some TLC!
Chris will office out of Shawnee, KS at Midwest Sport Productions and can be reached at Chris.Florence@usssa.com
. He will work directly with USSSA State Directors on program administration and communication, USA Elite Select needs, and director and facility acquisition.