Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

Class of 2018

'Becky Joyce
Greg Emmons
'Paul “Spitz” Ganyard *
'Jason Hess
'Mark Hess
'Matthew Hess
'Mark Humrichouser
'Sue Ramsey
'Taylor Rogers
'Robin Ann Stull


'Warren Jonee Jr.

Great Teams:
'2000-2001 Hillsdale Boys
'Basketball Team

Selection Committee
'Randy Emmons: Chairman
'Paul Dienstberger
'Dave Gray
'Tom Herron
'Gaylord Meininger
'Jack Purtell
'Ron Whitehill




Warren JonesWarren Jones Jr. - Trustee

Warren Jones’ rise through the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball rank reached its pinnacle on November 5, 2016.

That’s when Jones was installed as USA Softball president at a ceremony conducted in the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, during the ASA’s 84th annual National Council Meeting,

The organization’s name changed from ASA Softball to USA softball in September of 2016, making Jones the first USA Softball president.

The Ashland native has been instrumental for many years in bringing the Men’s Major Fast Pitch Tournament, the junior women’s national team and the women’s national team to Ashland in the past with the hope to continue that tradition, giving credit to the city and its residents for their support.

Jones began his career with ASA softball as a 12-year-old, playing in Ashland’s Summer Playground Program until age 15, when he played in the Ashland Church League.

He later played for area teams such as Red Barn and Stahl’s, before transitioning from fast-pitch to slow-pitch for some time with teams like Faultless Rubber and Don Coburn, before returning to fast-pitch.

Jones became the Ohio USA commissioner in April 2006, and also was Ohio umpire-in-chief from 1991 to 2006.

He was named a player representative in 1980, but because of work obligations, was unable to attend meetings and first started going to them in 1986.

Jones is not only well-known in Ashland and throughout Ohio but through his years as an ambassador of USA Softball, he is recognized nationally and internationally for his body of work through the years.

His organizational involvement is vast as well.

He continues to serve as USA Softball of Ohio State Commissioner and the National Men’s USA Softball Selection Committee Chairman and is a member of the World Baseball Softball Congress.

Jones serves as a volunteer for Camp Focus, an organization founded by Mike Gottfried that deals with boys ages 9 to 16 without a father figure in their home.

He also volunteers for the Wendy’s Golf Classic, a local golf tournament that raises funds for Camp Focus and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Jones also volunteers his time and supports activities, fundraisers, and functions for Ashland Elks Lodge 1360.

A proud 1971 graduate of Ashland High School, Jones retired after 34-plus years as the senior production supervisor at Abbott Laboratories/Hospira before becoming the founder/owner of WG Masonry, Inc., constructing commercial buildings from 2002-2010.

Nominated by Paul Dienstberger

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