Brian Gagnon from Winnipeg, MB has been appointed as the National Umpire In Chief by the Slo-Pitch National Board of Directors for the 2019 season.
Brian has been part of the SPN program for nearly 30 years. He began his journey in 1990 competing in leagues and making the transition into an umpiring role in 2006. His most recent years with the organization have been spent in the Manitoba, Nunavut region where he served as the UIC for that region.
In 2009 he was chosen to travel to National Championships at Softball City in White Rock, BC, and again in 2011 to Langley, BC. With experience, skill, and pride Gagnon officiated every Manitoba Provincial Championship and every National Championship held in Winnipeg since the start of his umpiring career, an opportunity he nobly states “he was honored to be a part of”.
In 2011 and 2013 Brian dedicated a portion of his time to teaching umpire clinics in Iqaluit, Nunavut before becoming the DUIC for the Manitoba/Nunavut region in 2014. Following these successes, in 2016 he took over the reigns as UIC for Manitoba/Nunavut, a position he has held for the last 3 years.
After joining the National Officiating committee Brian was instrumental in revamping the new On-Line Umpire Manual. His contribution and involvement in slo-pitch has led to several rule changes over the years allowing SPN to remain current and ever-evolving with the demands of the game.
Being a player, coach, umpire, and fan of the game for nearly 40 years, Gagnon found his passions slowly shifting towards teaching and mentoring. His ambition is to take that passion to the National level bringing consistency and improvements to our umpire clinics across the country while making future use of an online system for officiating training and guidance.
His regular presence at National Championships is part of a plan to increase umpire uniformity at both the National Championship and grassroots levels.
Slo-Pitch National President, Trish Harrow Rodic and Vice President, Jay Tourangeau would like to welcome Brian Gagnon into this new role. “We are excited to work with Brian to continue to introduce enhancements to our Officiating Programs”.