Kevin Shafer is no stranger to professional sports and coaching youth within the community he serves. Being the son of Tom Shafer, one of the 9 creators of USA TODAY, Kevin learned at an early age what it means to be part of a team, by watching and learning from his Dad who started out in the late 60’s playing professional baseball before becoming a sports reporter in the 70’s for a newspaper in Florida. Kevin started playing baseball at 5 years old and has played competitively his whole life, even making it to the little league world series in 1982. He later graduated from Potomac High School and went on to compete in the Junior Olympics where he won a Gold Medal in 1987. He also competed in the Pan Am Games and was invited to try out for the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros organizations at the age of 19.
Kevin later became a career Firefighter and EMT early in life and was a competitive athlete in the ESPN Firefighter Combat Challenge. After 10 years as a competitor, Kevin was offered a job doing the live Play by Play for this event on ESPN. Kevin now has over 28 years of experience as a firefighter, where he is currently employed by the City of Manassas Fire Department. He is also employed by 106.7 The Fan, DC Radio, as an On-Air Talent; has his own radio show and guest spots on FOX 5 TV and NEWS CHANNEL 8 TV, Toyota Sports Talk covering all sports.
Coach Shafer has been involved in slow pitch softball competitively for over 25 years making it to Winter Worlds Series in 2002 where he was selected as the MVP of the Series. He started coaching softball in 2005 and is currently the head coach at Osbourn High School. One of his proudest accomplishments is that over his coaching career, he has helped over 15 young ladies move on to play at the collegiate level.