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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA recently started a program to recognize longtime members, which features a tiered award system based on the time connected to the Association.

Recognition starts with a certificate that coaches who have been NFCA members for five, 10 or 15 years can download from their members-only Coach’s Box at NFCA.org. Coaches who have 20-year members receive an NFCA key ring, coaches with 25 years of membership get a personalized Louisville Slugger mini bat, and 30-year members receive an engraved crystal softball.

As of Feb. 3, 789 coaches had at least five years of membership, while 535 coaches had reached the 10-year plateau. Another 314 have been members for 15 years, 287 have reached 20 years, 124 have 25 years under their belts, and 116 coaches have been members for 30 or more years.

Among that top group, NFCA Hall of Famers Joyce Compton and Jay Miller are the longest-tenured current members at 38 years, while 13 others — nine of which are Hall of Famers — have been members for 37 years. Fourteen have logged 36 years, while 15 have 35 years, 11 have 34, eight have reached 33, 14 have hit 32, 12 have 31, and 27 have 30 years in the books.

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