Randy Lightle Bio
In 1998 while playing for a Ponce de Leon team, a number of my teammates including Bob Janis told me about a more competitive baseball league. That league was DCMSBL. I did not hesitate to sign up and began playing for the 35+ Giants being managed by Drew Valentine. In 1999 when Drew stepped down I took over as manager of the ballclub. We had much success as we won the 40+ American Division and League Championship in 2001 and the American Division Championship in 2006. I participated as a player/manager.
In the interim I participated in the DCMSBL 2000 “Ice Baseball” marathon at JEB Stuart High School to ring in the New Year. I became one of the first “homegrown” DCMSBL umpires under the tutelage of Dave Bowen. I played and managed a team of all stars at Cabin John Regional Park to raise money for a young man, Mattie Stepanek, who was battling cancer. It was at this game that I first met the legendary Del Norwood. I put the lineup card up in the dugout and spelled his first name “Dell.” He immediately told me to correct the spelling to “Del.”
In 2004 I co-founded, played with, and managed the 48+ Rebels and played and managed the Rebels as they moved to 55+. I attended the 2004-2009 MSBL Arizona World Series with the Rebels as player/manager. I have been a player/manager in 5 different age levels. In 2009 I founded and managed the 18+ Chantilly Hooters Baseball Club.
With Jerry Klemm, Bruce Palmer, Tim O’Brien, Chris Guerre, and Jamie Tickle, I was a member of the League Committee from 2008-2009.
After retiring from the Federal Government in 2002 I was interested in coaching high school baseball. I was hired by Dan Pototsky in 2002 off the DCMSBL website to be an assistant at Thomas Jefferson High School for S&T. I took over the helm in 2006 and stayed until 2007. In 2008 I became the head varsity coach at JEB Stuart HS (now Justice) and remained there for my 14th season. During my high school coaching career I have always made it a priority to ensure my fields can be used for DCMSBL play. My most recent teammates have been the DC Mets and DC Dodgers in 60+. I look forward too many more years of a wonderful relationship with DCMSBL. The friendships established will always be cherished.