Ken Laase

Ken Laase was one of the eight original USSSA umpires in Washington state and in 1990 was selected to umpire at the men�s major world tournament. He has been a slowpitch umpire from 1980 until the present, and was a basketball referee from 1974-2002. Laase was presented the 1991 USSSA Washington State Executive Director Award, and in 1995 was selected to the Washington USSSA Hall of Fame.

Laase was born on April 27, 1943 in Bellingham, and graduated from Ballard High School in 1961. As a second team all-state guard, he helped Ballard finish second in the 1961 state basketball tournament. Laase went on to play basketball for two years and baseball for four years at Seattle Pacific University, from where he graduated in 1965.

He continued to play rec league basketball from 1967-80 with R and T Plumbing and Malcolm Shoprite, and slowpitch softball with such top-level teams as Emory Motors (1968-69), Heidelberg (1970-75) and Wested Tires (1975-80). He earned numerous all-star and MVP awards, played in two world tournaments and as a leadoff hitter compiled a batting average near the .600 mark.

He taught and coached at Napavine High School for two years and at Franklin Pierce for six years.