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Yeast, longtime NCAA national coordinator of baseball umpires, resigns

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dave Yeast, the NCAA's national coordinator of baseball umpires since 1996, resigned Wednesday and said he wants to return to umpiring.

Yeast worked the NCAA College World Series in 1991 and 1995 and the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He also was selected umpire of the year by the International Baseball Federation in 1999, when he officiated at the Intercontinental Cup for the second time.

He helped implement the NCAA's first rules testing program for sports officials and the association's development camps for officials.

"More than anything, I am proud to have helped umpires across the country reach their goals and improve the level of officiating in college baseball," he said.

Yeast will remain a consultant with the NCAA through the end of the 2008 baseball season. A new coordinator of umpires is expected to be selected before the end of this year's tournament, the NCAA said.