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Nick Krzewina To Be Inducted Into USA Umpire Hall of Fame
Issue Date: April 13, 2022
Nick Krzewina, veteran umpire and a longtime Crivitz resident and now residing in Green Bay will be inducted into the USA softball of Wisconsin Hall of Fame Class of 2021 on Saturday, April 30 in For du Lac. The induction will take place at the Whispering Springs Golf Club.
Krzewina, who graduated from Crivitz High School in 1966, started his umpire career in Crivitz in 1970 at the age of 23. He umpired Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for many years along with men's slow pitch games and tournaments all over the area. Krzewina worked tournaments every weekend during the summer not because he had to but because he loved to umpire. For over 20 years he umpired in the Crivitz and surrounding area. He was also president of the Crivitz Men's Softball League for time and he remembers when he helped organize a 32 team softball tournament for one diamond in one weekend. He has been a member of the WIAA as a basketball and softball umpire for 54 years and a member of the M&O Officials Association for 15 years. He currently a member of the Green Bay Officials Association since 1989.
He has been registered with ASA/USA softball since 1989, a total of 32 years and has attended three national umpire schools. He has also umpired men's modified pitch leagues and state tournaments for over 30 years, umpired all youth girl's softball leagues and state tournaments for over 25 years. He has even umpired several slow pitch men's state tournaments along with seven national softball tournaments, seven national men's modified state tournaments and three national slow pitch tournaments.
In 2000, Krzewina, received the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the ASA/USA medal program from the National ASA. He has traveled all over the country umpiring with stops in Atlanta and Detroit for some national tourneys. In Atlanta Krzewina said there were nine diamonds used for some of the big tournaments and to go from one diamond to another a golf cart had to be used for transportation in order to make sure all the umpires were on time and at the correct diamond.
When he lived in the Crivitz area he was president of the Crivitz Softball League for many years and for 20 years ran the softball tournaments in Crivitz. In the course of his career he attended three national umpire schools, in Memphis, Milwaukee and Baraboo. Krzewina said you never stop learning, always try to better yourself whether it is at you job or umpiring softball.
Krzewina has three children, two daughters Janel and Julie and a son Jeff along with five grandchildren. He also served in the Wisconsin National Guard for six years. Even at 75 years of age Nick still enjoys the game of softball and plans to continue umpiring games as long as he is able to along golfing and spending time with his grandchildren. Three others from Green Bay are in the Hall of Fame, Dennis Kostac, Tim Jolly and Lew Smith. Krzewina will be in a very select group of people when he receives his award in April.