Board of Directors
Nelson is currently serving as the HTASO State Representative and has been on the TASO State Education Committee since 2013. He is a college level umpire and has called for the SWAC, Southland, Sun Belt, Big West and West Coast Conferences. In addition to umpiring, Nelson was a Youth Baseball Instructor, his experience includes the 2008 Big League World Series, USSSA State Instructor and Karl Young Collegiate Camp.
This is Nelson’s 13th season with TASO.
Sanut is the newly elected Vice President of HTASO Baseball. He is a JUCO level umpire and has called for Region 14. Sanut was a Youth Baseball Coach for the PONY League and USSSA. He started umpiring in north Louisiana in 1980.
This is Sanut’s 14th season with TASO.
Bruce became active in the Cy Fair Sports Association (CFSA) in 1988 coaching his two son's baseball teams. He served on the CFSA Board as a Field Director, School Commissioner and on the Executive Board as the VP of Officials. He began his umpiring career for CFSA in 1993, scheduled umpires from 1996 - 2005 and was involved in training and evaluating. He received his Bachelor's in Business Technology from the University of Houston.
Sanford became a member of Houston TASO in 2007.
Josh has been umpiring since 2008. He has continually sought out higher level baseball and personal improvement by attending numerous training camps, clinics, assessments and working as many games as possible. From Little League to college baseball, he has called at every level. He attributes the majority of his success and advancement to the mentors he discovered in TASO's Houston Chapter.
He became a member of Houston TASO in 2014.
Dave has over 29 yrs of umpiring experience beginning with the Cy Fair Sports Association (CFSA). He served as Baseball Commissioner for CFSA for 4.5 yrs, developing new facilities and overseeing more than 2000 players. Dave has represented TASO in numerous playoff games and worked the plate for the Houston Area All-Star Game in 2000. He looks forward to representing the Chapter again as the Certified Director.
Orton joined TASO in 1994 and served as Divisional Director from 1998-2002.
King has over 35 years of baseball experience as a player, coach, umpire, and board member. He has attended numerous baseball clinics and camps including Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring, Gerry Davis Umpire Evaluation Clinic, and various youth baseball training clinics.
King has been an active member of Houston TASO since 1991.
Philip has been umpiring for 12 years, beginning with his local Little League, and currently serves as the umpire-in-chief for Bellaire Little League. He has been active with Texas East District 16 as a volunteer umpire, scheduler, and evaluator and enjoys umpiring at Cooperstown Dreams Park each summer.
He joined the ranks of high school umpires in 2012 when he enrolled in the TASO Houston chapter. Philip received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M and his law degree from the University of Houston. He serves as the board president for the TASO-Houston Baseball Umpires Scholarship Foundation.
Lenny has been active in baseball as a player, umpire, coach, parent, and now an umpire again for the past 40+ years. After umpiring many years at the Little League / Pony League levels, he first umpired high school baseball for a couple of years shortly after completing college in the mid-90s. His job and family then took him away from umpiring. But, he returned last year and is in second season with Houston TASO. He is a graduate of St.Mary’s University where he played baseball and is a CPA in the state of Texas.
Volf has been a member of HTASO since 1996 and is currently serving as the HTASO State Representative and local Director-at-Large. He has been serving of the Houston TASO Umpires Scholarship Foundation Board since 2016. He has been umpiring since he graduated from high school in California, including off-season college, high school, and Little League. He has umpired at the Cooperstown Dream Park, and has been honored to umpire twice for the Amateur Adult World Series in Phoenix.
Volf is an avid baseball fan. He is a season ticket holder to the Sugar Land Skeeters and travels to Phoenix every year for MLB Cactus League Spring Training. His favorite pastime is watching his 8 grandchildren play sports.
Strasser started his career in sports medicine. He was the head athletic trainer for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and assisted with the San Diego Chargers during baseball's off season. His expertise has made him an in-demand speaker worldwide on sports medicine. After retiring from professional sports, he found a second career umpiring baseball in the Houston area.
He became the Houston TASO Chapter Scheduler in 2007.