Avon Meacham – Volunteer Assistant Coach – Staff Directory
Avon Meacham joined the GW softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach in September 2021.
A longtime representative of American softball as a player and coach and a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame, Meacham brought a wealth of experience at the highest levels of the sport to Buff and Blue, including a four-year run in the DI collegiate is on the South Florida staff.
Prior to his hire, the DC native recently served as an assistant coach for the United States Junior Men’s National Team and also helped coach the United States Women’s National Team ahead of their trip to the Tokyo Olympics.
“I am delighted to welcome Avon Meacham to our coaching staff at GW,” Schoonmaker said. “Avon has an infectious energy about him and our student-athletes will love working with him. He has competed and coached at the highest levels around the world, and his experience at the international and collegiate levels makes him an invaluable addition to our staff. .
“Avon’s expertise on the court and his knowledge of the short game will have an immediate impact on our student-athletes. He is a Hall of Famer and a proven leader, and he will be a strong mentor to our student-athletes. athletes. I’m thrilled to welcome Avon and his family to GW.”
Meacham’s ties to USA Softball run deep. He has been a member of the organization’s board of directors and a regular instructor at its camps and clinics across the country.
Representing Team USA, Meacham spent seven years on the Men’s National Team staff, highlighted by a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, before joining the Junior Men’s National Staff, and is currently involved in the women’s game as a member of the selection committee for the national and junior teams.
Meacham was a standout center back during his playing days on the international fastball circuit. He represented the United States at three Pan Am Games and twice achieved world recognition at the International Softball Congress World Championships.
Meacham graduated from Cardozo High School in the district and enjoyed a decorated football career at Maryland Eastern Shore before becoming one of the world’s top fastpitch players.
While balancing a career in the federal government, Meacham made a name for himself on the diamond during a playing career that spanned more than two decades.
In addition to his success with Team USA, he was a two-time US Amateur Softball Association national champion with Decatur Pride in 1994 and 1995 and a three-time All-American. The Washington Post once called the fast leading man “the Joe Morgan of fast softball”.
As a coach, Meacham has led the US national team at tournaments around the world, including international competitions in New Zealand, Prague, Guatemala and Canada. Most recently, he helped the Junior Men’s National Team qualify for the 2020 World Championships.
For four seasons from 2014 to 2017, he played in the DI College Game on the USF staff where he helped the Bulls to 156 wins and two NCAA Tournament berths. The 2016 team won an AAC regular season title and qualified for the NCAA Columbia region before Meacham and his colleagues were named the NFCA’s Middle East Regional Staff of the Year.
His coaching resume also includes a three-year stint as an assistant at D-III Columbia Union College in Maryland and two seasons as head coach of the DC Metros men’s fastpitch team.
In 2006, Meacham was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of the Greater DC Softball Hall of Fame, Kingman Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame, and Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Hall of Fame.
Now retired after more than three decades in public service as budget director, Meacham holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Maryland Eastern Shore and a master’s degree in business administration from Bowie State. .