The Missouri State USSSA office is pleased to announce the hiring of Austin Mezzacasa as the USSSA Fastpitch Missouri State Umpire in Charge (UIC). In this position, Mezzacasa will oversee all aspects of fastpitch officiating for tournaments in the state of Missouri, including scheduling, recruiting and training of umpires.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to accept this position,” said Mezzacasa. “I owe my entire career and who I am to the many talented and dedicated officials and mentors that saw something in me and my future in this industry and took the time to train and develop me as an umpire. My passion for officiating stems from working with and developing officials as well as conflict resolution.”
Mezzacasa has been officiating for USSSA events for the past nine years. Early in his career, he served as a UIC for tournaments in the Kansas City Metro area. He has also worked as a director of officials for both softball and baseball with local parks and recreations programs and has been an umpire assignor for local tournament organizer Midwest Sports Productions.
“I have had the honor to get to know Austin these past few years and watch him grow and evolve as an official,” said Bob Bone, USSSA state fastpitch director for Kansas and Missouri. “He has managed to navigate this very difficult season and learn on the fly. I’m proud to have him on my state team, leading our officials in a professional manner.”
In his officiating career, he has been selected to work every USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships held in Kansas City, working two championship games. In 2020, he began umpiring college softball.
“Austin has worn many hats during his time from beginning umpire to veteran,” said Kurt Morrison, owner of EJC USSSA Umpires and former Missouri fastpitch UIC. “He has assisted in recruiting and training as well as being a UIC at all levels. He is motivated, full of energy and will continue to work hard for USSSA and Missouri umpires.”
Mezzacasa’s goals for this role include implementing a successful conduct tracking and accountability program for all participants, increase the frequency of evaluations, provide consistent feedback for opportunities to improve for all officials and create a committee that will focus on the recruitment, retention and overall success of officials, with a focus on bringing more female to the officiating industry.