OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Rick Denny has been selected as the baseball umpire-in-chief for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, commissioner Jim Johnson announced Friday (Oct. 5).
Denny brings 30 years of umpiring experience to the position, which includes the assignment and supervision of the conference's umpire staff.
He succeeds John "Big Dog" Deedrick, who retired at the end of the 2007 season after 10 years as the MIAA UIC.
Denny has worked games at both the NCAA Division I and II levels. Among the leagues he's officiated are the Big Ten, Big 12 and Missouri Valley conferences at D-I and the MIAA, North Central and Northern Sun Intercollegiate conferences of D-II.
He has been on the umpire staffs of the last two NCAA Division II Baseball Championships in Montgomery, Ala., and was the tournament's umpire-in-chief in 2007. He also has worked the last nine NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournaments -- three as UIC.
Denny also has worked as a professional umpire on the staff of the Northern League, the independent minor league which includes the Kansas City T-Bones.
He assigned umpires for the Nebraska Umpires Association in Omaha for the previous four years. In that position, he assigned umpires for several D-II institutions, as well as many NAIA and NJCAA institutions.
He's worked in the natural gas marketing industry the last 28 years, and currently is with Oneok Partners, LLC, in Tulsa, Okla., as chief controller.
Rick and his wife, Brenda, live in Tulsa and have two sons -- Nick and Nate. His father, Lee, was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.
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The MIAA is a proud member of the NCAA and Division II, with 10 schools in Missouri and Kansas. The MIAA and Division II emphasize a balance between academics and athletics, encouraging the total personal development of student-athletes.