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NFCA Announces Elected Board Members

Kathryn Gleason, who will take over as NFCA first vice president at the end of the 2009 NFCA National Convention, is entering her seventh year on the Michigan State softball staff. This is her fifth season as the associate head coach after being promoted to the position in the summer of 2005. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Purdue for three years and an assistant at Massachusetts, also for three years. 

Gleason just completed a two-year term as NFCA second vice president after serving two terms as the assistant coach representative for the Association. A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., she was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as "Athlete of the Year" in the 2002 induction class. Gleason was also inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference High School Hall of Fame in March 2008. 

Karen Weekly joins the NFCA board as the Division I representative. She is entering her eighth season as Tennessee co-head coach with her husband Ralph. The Weeklys have guided the Lady Vols to a Southeastern Conference best 376 victories since arriving in Knoxville in 2002. 

Weekly has served as the SEC’s representative on the NFCA’s Head Coaches Committee for the last three years. She also is an attorney and can practice law in the states of Tennessee and Washington. She is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and the American Bar Association. 

Having traveled all over the nation to spread her knowledge about the sport, Weekly has been co-owner and director of National Hitting Camps since 1988. She also has been a lead instructor at ASA Elite Hitting Camps in Midland, Texas, and in Oklahoma City, Okla., and has been a featured speaker at several coaching clinics around the country. 

Kevin Blaskowski joins the NFCA board as the Division II representative. He is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Lady Buff softball program at West Texas A&M. Blaskowski was hired in December of 2004 to bring back the softball program to WTAMU's campus after a 24-year absence. 

Blaskowski also serves as the NCAA South Region chair and is a member of the NCAA Division II Softball Committee, in addition to also serving as the chair of the Lone Star Conference Softball Coaches Committee. 

Besides his coaching duties, Blaskowski is as an instructor in the Sports and Exercise Science Department at West Texas A&M. During his career, Blaskowski has been an instructor at Eastern New Mexico, Southern Arkansas and Kansas Wesleyan. He was the sports information director at Phillips and Kansas Wesleyan, and also served as head coach of women's basketball at Kansas Wesleyan and assistant sports information director at Washburn. 

Central College’s George Wares joins the NFCA board as the Division III representative. He is the one of the winningest softball coaches at any level with a 840-280-3 career record in 25 years of coaching. 

Wares was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2007, and he and his staff were named the NFCA Division III national coaching staff of the year in 2003, after taking regional honors in 2001. Wares enters his second two-year term on the NFCA Division III All-American and Coaching Staff of the Year Committee, serving two years as chair. 

A highly regarded motivational speaker, Wares received a master's degree in counseling from Iowa State University. He worked as a at-risk counselor at Pella High School and as an academic counselor at Central.