Don DeDonatis II Retires From USSSA Board Of Directors
Don DeDonatis II announced his retirement via a statement from his son Don "Donny" DeDonatis III on Monday afternoon.
The announcement comes just days after USSSA announced the withdraw of the Pride from National Pro Fastpitch on Friday, Sept. 13.
"To the USSSA family, it is with great admiration and appreciation that I officially announce today the retirement of yet another great USSSA leader and board director, my father, Don DeDonatis II," Donny said in a press release.
He has been with the company for 40-plus years in some capacity. The last 20 were spent in an executive role.
When he took over the role in 1998, he saw the decline of slowpitch and added fastpitch, baseball and soccer. Not long after, he sanctioned everything from basketball and volleyball to lacrosse and karate. He even added junior golf to the roster.
"Looking back, he told us that while always trying to do what he thought was best for the organization," Donny continued in his statement. "He has lived by some basic rules of the road: Treat people right, because that’s all anyone really wants. Be trustworthy, a man of your word – do what you say you’re going to do, and never promise what you can’t deliver. And, most of all, be honest."
Don previously stepped down from the executive director and CEO position in 2018, but remained as the general manager of the USSSA Pride and plans to continue with that role as the organization transitions from an NPF team to an independent franchise.