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USA Softball announces Head Coaches for Men's National Team program

USA Softball announces Head Coaches for Men's National Team program
15/02/2021
Ron Hackett, Tim Lyon and Tony Aresco has been named head coaches for the respective senior, U-23 and U-18 USA Softball National Teams.

USA Softball has announced the selection of Ron Hackett, Tim Lyon and Tony Aresco as Head Coaches for the USA Softball Men’s National Team program. Hackett will serve as Head Coach for the senior Men’s National Team while Lyon and Aresco will lead the respective U-23 and U-18 Men’s National Teams.

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“Congratulations to all three coaches on this much-deserved selection as a Head Coach for each of our Men’s National Team Programs,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “The Men’s National Team program has made great strides in developing talent across the U.S. while providing as many opportunities as possible for athletes to compete at a high level. We look forward to having Coach Hackett at the helm of the Men’s National Team in addition to Coach Lyon and Coach Aresco leading the way for the U-23 and U-18 programs.”

Hackett, who has been involved with USA Softball as both an athlete or coach since 1991, will lead USA through the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022. He joined the men’s national team as an assistant coach in 2019 and helped lead USA to a second-place finish at the Pan American Games and a fifth-place finish at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Czech Republic. Hackett was named Head Coach at the end of 2019 upon Coach Gregg Leathers retirement and has led the team in events throughout the United States in 2020.

“It is an absolute pleasure to remain Head Coach for the Men's National Team for the upcoming cycle,” said Hackett. “I look forward to continuing the work needed as we strive for a gold medal in 2022 at the World Championships in New Zealand."

Lyon has been named Head Coach for the inaugural WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup, marking his seventh stint as Head Coach for the Men’s National Team program. Lyon first joined the USA Softball Men’s National Team Program as an Assistant Coach for the National Team Festival and Pan American Qualifier (1998) and the Men’s World Championship 2000 where Team USA earned the bronze medal. Selected as Head Coach for the MNT in 2001, Lyon later led the program to their first playoff round appearance since 1985 and a 5-3 record en route to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 World Championship. Two years later at the 2014 edition, the U.S. squad finished with a 7-4 record and a consolation championship under Lyon’s leadership.

Aresco began his coaching tenure with USA Softball in 2018 as a Junior Men’s National Team Assistant Coach and has been part of two U-18 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup coaching staffs.