Anita Jane (Byrd) Wells
Anita Jane (Byrd) Wells Legend Player/Pitcher Anita (Byrd) Wells played softball for the Dudettes and PBSW Ramblers from 1948 to 1957. She was recruited right out of elementary school by Dot Wilkinson and Ford Hoffman. At 13, Anita traveled with the Ramblers to pitch in the ASA Women's National Softball Tournament in Toronto, Canada. Anita pitched in numerous State, Regional and six National ASA Tournaments with the Ramblers.
Tairia (Mims) Flowers
Tairia (Mims) Flowers Player/Third Baseman Tairia started her softball career at 10 years of age in Tucson. She played ASA ball on the Blaze 18 and under team, Lil’ Cats and the Phoenix Storm women’s Major team. She was a four year varsity starter at Salpointe High School. Tairia was an All Region, All State, and All American while in High School. Her Jr. Olympic Team won a Silver Medal in Taipei, Taiwan in 1999. Tairia was a four year softball player for UCLA. Her UCLA Team won the National Championship in 2003. While at UCLA Tairia was named to the All-College World Series Team, All Pac 10, All Region and All American teams. Triria's accomplishments include: Two time World Cup Champions (2006, 2007), two time Pan American Gold medalist (2003, 2007), two time World Champion (2002, 2006), Olympic Gold medalist (2004) and Olympic Silver medalist (2008). Triria currently is the Head Coach at University of California at Northridge.
Joe Robinson Contributor/Umpire .Joe started serving as the Arizona ASA State UIC for A.C. Williams, our Long time State Commissioner, in 1981 and continued as the State UIC for 27 consecutive years. He was appointed as the Rocky Mountain Regional UIC in 2008 and has served in this position through 2015. Joe has worked as an umpire for 56 consecutive years. He was appointed and umpired in 19 ASA National Championships. Joe umpired college softball between 1976-1984. In 1978 he umpired the AIAW Women's College World Series. Additionally, Joe was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Amongst the accolades associated with his induction into this Hall of Fame, was his receiving a Superior Achievement Award from the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Ed McQuade Contributor/Coach Ed started his head coaching career as the baseball coach at Ida Grove High School, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He also played fast pitch softball for 5 years with the Ida Grove Merchants. Ed became head softball coach at Greenway High School in the fall of 1979. Under McQuade's tenure, the Greenway High School Team's total overall record is 836 wins 253 losses and 3 ties. Ed's teams at Greenway won 5 State Championships, two State Champion Runners up, and 21 Regional Championships. Greenway competed 36 out of 38 straight years in post season play. Ed was named 4 time Arizona Coach of the Year, and earned numerous Regional Coach of the Year honors. Ed also coached the Destiny and Scorpio girls club softball teams. His Scorpio team won Rocky Mountain Championship, qualified for three Metro tournaments, 3 Regional Tournaments, Hawaii Tourney 3rd Place, Disneyworld Tourney (2001) Champions.
John Thierbach Player John played second and third base on several elite Arizona Softball teams including the F.E. Bailey Team, Sports Club of America and Arizona Turquoise Kings. Played with numerous Arizona softball hall of fame members including Jerry Wells, Jay Bob Bickford, Reid Nielson, and Gil Aragon. John participated in several State, Regional, National, and World Championships with ASA and ISC events.
Scott Keller Contributor/Coach Scott helped coach and manage the Prescott Merchant's Team comprised of all Prescott young players. The Merchant Team played in various tournaments and qualified for the 18u Boys ASA National Tournament to be played in Prescott. The Merchant's Team defeated the five time Champions, Schilitz Bulls', 15 to 3, winning the 1981 National ASA boys 18 and Under Fast pitch Championship. Sometime between 1981 and 1988, the Prescott Merchants became the Men's Prescott Mustangs. The Mustangs were managed and sponsored by Scott and Barbara Keller. The Mustangs participated in 5 ISC World Tournaments. In addition to coaching and managing the Merchants and Mustangs, Scott also served as the Arizona and Nevada Commissioner to the ISC from 1990 and 1991.