AWBL Office

 

ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN WEST BASEBALL LEAGUE:

The American West Baseball League has been created by seasoned professional baseball executives to bridge the future economic gaps in development baseball. The American West Baseball League is funded by initial membership fees, league dues and league assessments.

 

AMERICAN WEST BASEBALL LEAGUE PERSONNEL

 

CEO/Commissioner:

Sean P. Smock has worked for Tucson’s Professional Baseball organizations since 2003, serving 6 seasons as Assistant General Manager for the Tucson Sidewinders; the Triple-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In 2006, the Sidewinders won the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A Championships, respectively.  In 2009 Sean helped launch the highly successful Tucson Toros of the Independent Golden Baseball League (GBL) and served as the team’s General Manager.  Under Sean’s tutelage the Toros broke league records for single game and season attendance and vied for the League Championship in their inaugural season. The Toros held the longest winning streak in the GBL with 15 consecutive wins that season. In 2010, Smock coordinated and hosted the International Minor League All Star Game. In 2011 he began consulting minor league teams with stadium lease agreements, team formation and branding.

President:

William Joyce is president of the American West Baseball League. He has previously owned and operated a minor league baseball franchise and is a former Major League Baseball scout in southern California. He currently owns a family operated Allstate Insurance agency in Temecula, California and serves as a consultant to minor league baseball franchises.

Mr. Joyce spent over 30 years in private business and was the owner/operator of a successful electronic security and fire alarm business until 2010. However, his primary passion has always been baseball.

Mr. Joyce is a graduate of Glendale College, in Glendale CA and Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA with a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Sheri Joyce, have been married for 30 years and have four children, John, Michelle, Michael and Brian..

Chief of Umpires:

Dan received his Law Degree from the University of West Los Angeles-College of Law in 1980.  He has been employed in the Legal profession for over 30 years working on the defense side for various Insurance Companies but found a home with his current firm.  He also attended the University of Dayton, located in Dayton, Ohio where he received his BA in Pre-Law.  While at the U. of Dayton, Dan played Rugby for four years and was an active member of his Fraternity Delta Tau Nu, holding several key positions within the frat. Prior to starting in Workers Compensation Law Dan represented several Minor League baseball players as their  Player Agent negotiating contracts and other assorted duties.

Dan also attended the Harry Wendlestat School for Umpires, “just a lifelong dream to want to be a part of baseball in some capacity”. He is currently a Division 1 NCAA Umpire and has worked numerous conferences championship series, Regional competition for NCAA World Series play.  Dan also wanted to see Alaska and was picked to Umpire in the prestigious Alaska League for two (2) seasons, being named Umpire of the year in 1984.  His active participation in College Baseball had him hold several key positions in his Umpire group serving as President of SCCUBA for 2 terms.

He has also been very active in training of Collegiate and Independent Umpires thru his ownership of two different Umpire Schools (WeSUC, LLC and MIB Umpire Camps).   He has been very active in Independent Baseball since 1995 when the Western Baseball League started play.  He supervised the Umpires for 3 years and worked for the entire existence of the league being called on several times to work the championship series.  He was instrumental in formulating the Golden Baseball League Umpire program in 2005 and served as Sup. Of Umpires and Compliance Officer on two separate occasions for 5 years. During this time he also was a Board Member of the Crescenta Valley Babe Ruth Program for 3 years and ran a successful travel team as Manager, Business Manager, travel Coordinator for 7 years.

Legal Advisor:

Michael Leyva is a principal owner of the Law Offices of Leyva & Night, a Professional Corporation with offices in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties of California.  He has been a partner with Leyva & Night, APC for the past 20 years, specializing in the representation of seriously injured persons throughout the State of California.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of a variety of non-profit organizations including Latino Comp, LAMAAA, and Headstart Foundation for Early Childhood Education.

Michael has previously served as General Counsel for two professional baseball organizations and was also a minority owner of a minor league franchise.  These past opportunities have provided him with invaluable experience and perspective in baseball organizations and day to day baseball operations.  Michael is proud to boast that he grew up in the inner sanctum of the Dodger Stadium dugout and clubhouse where his father worked for many years.  His father frequently brought him to work even before he was old enough to attend school, and he was allowed the freedom to roam the clubhouse area meeting larger than life players, umpires and even a few Hollywood stars.

Controller:

Ed Wong has an extensive professional business career in financial and strategic planning, operations management and administration, and entrepreneurial business ventures while working with Fortune 500 corporations. He also founded Coventry Consulting, a management consulting firm, specializing in developing strategic initiatives.

Mr. Wong has served as Chief Operating Officer of a civil engineering firm, and Chief Financial Officer of an independent minor league baseball team. He has experience implementing corporate vision, establishing business growth initiatives, and managing multiple company operations.

Mr. Wong has served on the Board of Directors of the California Domestic Water Company and the Miami University – Southern California Alumni Association.  He has been active in community organizations and youth sports as a fan, volunteer, and coach.

Ed earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and an MBA from the University of Southern California.