Please help SAA welcome our new Executive Board Members
John Calabria - SAA President Elect (term begins Jan '24)
"2005 - My daughter decided she wanted to play softball. That year we registered her for T-Ball. Several weeks after registration we received an email that coaches were needed for T-Ball and they may have to waitlist kids until they have enough coaches. It was at that moment that the volunteering started. I volunteered to be an assistant coach that year. I continued to coach my daughter in Softball for the next ten years.
I became a league Commissioner for Re-Softball in 2007 When Lou Anderson asked me to run the Junior League. After Lou's tenure was over in 2011, I took over as Head Commissioner of Softball which at the time included both Rec and Travel players.
I did two terms for a total of four years though August of 2015.
While Head Commissioner of Softball I had a son that was playing Rec-Baseball. I was a Head Coach in Rec Baseball from 2010 - 2015.
In 2015 I was given the opportunity to be a Head Coach for the Schaumburg Flyers Travel program at the 12U level. I remained a Flyers coach for six more years and continued the team though the 18U level. To date there has not been another 18U Flyers team in SAA. My team aged out of Travel Baseball in the fall of 2021.
While my son was playing baseball in the spring, we were very involved with SAA Football in the fall I coached various flag and tackle teams all while holding several different board positions during 2010-2018. In 2016 I was nominated for the Head Commissioner position of SAA Football. I accepted the nomination and became Head Commissioner from 2016- 2019 . I'm still a very active volunteer and League Rep for the SAA Football Program even though I have no kids in the program.
2020 I was nominated as disciplinary VP of the Executive Board. I still hold the position as I transition in the Presidents role.
I am honored to have been nominated for the Presidents position and will continue to give the dedication necessary to maintain the high level of success SAA has had for over 30 years."
Dave Gilbert - SAA Exec VP 2 - Park District Liaison (term begins Jan '24)
"My journey with SAA began in 2012 when my daughter started playing with SAA Rec Softball at the age of 7. From being a supportive parent, I evolved into a dedicated coach and team manager, leading my Juniors team to a 2nd-place finish in 2013. In 2014, my daughter joined travel softball for one season, and while I couldn't officially coach, I actively contributed and learned from experienced coaches.
My SAA managing and assistant coaching roles continued from 2015 through 2021, covering ages 10 thru 18, culminating with an assistant coaching position for a seniors team. In 2022, I assumed the role of SAA Rec Softball Commissioner for the Juniors League and also became the Schaumburg Park District liaison, successfully implementing peg bases on all fields in my first year.
My SAA journey reflects a genuine commitment to sports, education, and community involvement."
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