Allentown, Pa.- Every Friday this season, the Philadelphia Force will
honor a local treasure. This weeks local treasure was Veronica Ronnie
Maurek, honored during the June 8th National Pro Fastpitch game between
the Philadelphia Force and Washington Glory. Maurek is an All-American
softball player who works with the softball division of Longstreth Womens
Sports. Maurek has participated in softball over the decades as a player,
coach and a mentor.
Maurek competed at womens major fastpitch level from 1961-1982 and led
multiple ASA teams to state and regional championships. Her teams never
missed qualifying for the national championship. She played shortstop and
second base, and throughout her career, her batting average was never
below .340. Maurek was a two-time ASA Womens Major All-American in 1969
and 1971. When she played professionally with the Pennsylvania Liberties
in 1976, Maurek led the team in hitting and was the team captain.
Maureks love for softball continued into coaching when she started a
softball program at Temple University in 1974 where she became one of the
first full-time coaches in Temple history as well as coaching the womens
basketball team from 1974-1978. She amassed 300 wins during 17 seasons as
the Temple head softball coach, highest among all Temple softball coaches.
Her accolades include multiple Atlantic 10 regular season titles and an
Atlantic 10 tournament championship in 1990. Maurek received Atlantic 10
Coach of the Year honors in 1989.
In her business career, Maurek established the softball division of
Longstreth Womens Sports in 1991. She has organized numerous softball
clinics in Pennsylvania that also included appearances by Olympic Gold
Medalists Lisa Fernandez, Stacey Neuzman, and Dot Richardson. This August,
Cat Ostermen will visit the Longstreth retail location.
Maurek has received many honors throughout her career whether as a player,
a coach or a businesswoman. She was inducted into the Lehigh Valley
Softball and Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Philadelphia ASA
Softball Hall of Fame. Other honors include Allentown Central Catholic,
East Stroudsburg University Athletics Hall of Fame and most recently the
Pennsylvania ASA Hall of Fame.