Akron, OH (June 18, 2017) – Akron Racers GM Joey Arrietta officially announced today the departure of Field Manager Brian Levin. Levin, the three-term Racers field manager, will head back to his full-time responsibilities as the head coach at Belmont University.
“I respect and understand Brian’s decision,” explains Arrietta. “He has had a positive influence on our program these past three seasons and I am grateful for his leadership.”
Levin, who was entering his fourth season as the on-field leader of the Racers, was named head coach of the Bruins last August. In his place, former Akron first baseman and All-NPF performer, Charlotte Morgan, has been promoted from Assistant Field Manager to Field Manager, while former Racers pitcher Alison Owen becomes Morgan’s top assistant coach.
Taylor Schlopy and Alex Hugo, who were in their seventh and second season, respectively, are currently not on the active roster, but remain contracted to the team.
Tickets are on sale for a special showing of Burn the Ships. There will be two showings at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm on Tuesday, June 20. “Burn the Ships” is a Think Media Studio’s feature-length documentary on the 2014 Akron Racers and the history of women’s professional softball in America. There will also be a player Meet & Greet with the 2017 Akron Racers from 7:45-8:30 pm.
Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Racers home season at Firestone Stadium. The Racers begin play against the NPF’s newest team the Beijing Shougang Eagles at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
Call the Akron Racers box office at 330-376-8188 for more ticket information for both Racer games and the Burn the Ships showings.
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 will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. 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.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.