Akron, OH - November 11, 2014 - Akron Racers, GM, Joey Arrietta announced today that Brian Levin has been named the field manager for the 2014 campaign. Levin, currently the head coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, takes over the controls of the NPF’s oldest existing team facing its 13th season of competition at the professional level in 2014.
“It is an honor to be selected as the field manager of the Racers and continue to build on the tradition of excellence that has been established since 1999,” commented Levin. “The Racers organization has been a tremendous promoter of the NPF and fastpitch softball at all levels. After meeting the staff and leadership of the Racers, I feel that we share a lot of the same values.”
“Our search focused on finding someone that shared the vision for our program and the knowledge to get it done,” noted Arrietta. “His disciplined background fits our desire to prepare, practice and perform at the highest level on a nightly basis.”
Levin comes to Akron after a one year stint as an assistant at Murray State in 2009, where they too, were called the Racers. Levin took over the direction of the Missouri-St Louis program in 2010 guiding them to a 20-4 conference record in his first season as head coach. Overall, Levin is 99-25 in three seasons including a 41-13 mark which included a conference title and the school’s first trip to the NCAA Regional Finals in 2013.
Levin, the Founder of STARR hitting mechanics and camps, is a former semi-pro baseball player and men’s fastpitch player. He also founded the ASA Clarksville Heat Softball organization located in Clarksville, TN in 1999.
“I want to thank Lori Flanagan and the administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for allowing me the chance to pursue this opportunity.”
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's o Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com