USA Baseball Adds Sport Development Contributors for 2017
Ellis, Shadle and Succow to support growing educational initiatives
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball named three new individuals to its collection of primary Sport Development contributors for 2017 on Friday. The group features a wide range of professional experience in sport and includes registered dietitian (RD) Dave Ellis, sports psychologist Anne Shadle, Ph.D., and four-time USA Baseball coaching alum Tom Succow.
The Sport Development Department at USA Baseball was created as part of the organization's five-year partnership extension with Major League Baseball (MLB), which is a joint, cooperative effort to grow the game of baseball, as well as provide educational resources for coaches, players, parents, and umpires.
"We are excited to have experts from a wide range of disciplines lending their support to our many sport development initiatives," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "Their collective experience enables us to offer comprehensive and diverse sets of resources to the baseball community whom we serve. Dave and Anne are established leaders in their respective fields, and in Tom Succow we welcome a high school coaching legend on the heels of a distinguished career at Brophy Prep."
Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS is the President of Sports Alliance Inc. and creator of the Fueling Tactics® system. He is a veteran Sports RD with over three decades of experience working at the highest level of sports. Ellis was the first president of the Collegiate and Professional Sports RDs Association (CPSDA) and is currently CPSDA's Ambassador over all matter Food and Supplement Security related matters. Dave is also the Consulting Registered Dietitian for MLB/Major League Baseball Players Association and USA Baseball.
Ellis will contribute to USA Baseball by providing educational support on nutrition and Fueling Tactics® to athletes selected at the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP), a collaborative effort between MLB and USA Baseball to establish an official identification and player development pathway for amateur baseball players in the United States. Ellis will also produce a quarterly piece on nutrition as part of the Sport Performance Lab on the Sport Development Blog.
Dr. Anne Shadle is a certified consultant in Sport Psychology CC-AASP and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology registry. She also serves on the Athlete Advisory Committee for USA Track and Field (USATF) and currently is the President-appointed committee chair for Psychological Services for USATF. She is heavily involved with coaching education and certification for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and USATF.
Shadle is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. During her undergraduate career, Shadle was a member of the Huskers' national powerhouse track and field team. She was an NCAA National Champion in both the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500 meters. Following graduation, Shadle ran three years professionally for Reebok and competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Shadle went on to earn her Masters Degree from the University of Missouri in Counseling Psychology. She also earned her Ph.D. in Health Education with emphasis in Sport Psychology. Her research focus is understanding the psycho-emotional challenges, preparations and responses of Olympic Gold Medal-winning athletes. In addition to advising USA Baseball on initiatives related to education for parents and coaches, Shadle will contribute to the Sport Development Blog and other educational resources focusing on the mental side of the game.
Tom Succow, currently in his 40th and final season as Head Baseball Coach at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona, has accumulated over 700 wins during his tenure, as well as a state championship in 2006 and three state runner-up honors in 1982, 2007 and 2012. He will contribute to various USA Baseball Sport Development initiatives with a focus on coaching education.
Succow has been a vital part of USA Baseball since his introduction to the organization in 2002. After serving as a scorekeeper and assisting with the 16U National Team Trials, he went on to become an assistant coach for the 2003 16U National Team, which won the gold medal in the International Baseball Federation AA World Youth Championships in Taiwan. Succow was named manager of the 16U National Team the following year, and later managed the 14U National Team in 2007. He returned as an assistant coach for the 18U National Team in 2010.
Succow was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as National Coach of the Year in 2007 and is a member of three Halls of Fame, being inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003, the Brophy Hall of Fame in 2007 and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ellis, Shadle and Succow join seven other primary USA Baseball Sport Development contributors in 2017, including Michael Cuddyer, Skip Schumaker, Darren Fenster, Dave Turgeon, Dr. Peter Gorman, Dean Jordan and John Torine. USA Baseball will continue to produce daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly educational content at no cost to the public with the assistance of these primary contributors.
For a complete listing of USA Baseball Sport Development offerings and for full detailed biographies of its contributors, visit USABaseball.education.