Hall of Honour Inductee: Bernie Keroack


Anytime there is a selection to the SPN-BC Hall of Honour, the tendency is to look at the numbers. For 43 years Bernie Keroack has excelled as one of this province's premier softball umpires. But more than longevity, which is remarkable, Keroack has provided the game with a very good decision-making, and more importantly, considerable passion, poise and class. Bernie began his umpiring career at Sapperton Park in New Westminster in 1960. In 1983 he was introduced to slo-pitch, and was selected to his first national slo-pitch championship 6 years later. Despite an impressive officiating crew at the 1989 Senior 'A' Men's National Championship Tournament in Prince George, Keroack was selected to be the plate umpire in the championship game. Six times since 1992, Bernie has been selected to SPN National assignments. A mainstay with the Metro Softball Umpires Association, he spent countless hours giving back to the game as an instructor, clinician and evaluator. Named to Softball Canada's Indicator Club, emblematic of excellence in 1997, this year’s inclusion to the Hall of Honour will certainly be remembered as one of Keroack's crowning achievements and realization that inclusion in this very elite group is more than just numbers.