It did not take long for Tim to fall in love with the game when he started playing 16-inch softball in the Marshalltown, Iowa area with many of his high school friends. He played his first major National Tournament in 1987 with the Des Moines Merchants in Mt. Prospect.
In order to compete at a higher level, they formed the Carpet Country team in 1989, traveling to Chicago, Wisconsin and Indiana. In the beginning, the team won various 14” state titles in Iowa. At the Major National level, Tim had a 9th place finish with Carpet Country, two 4th place finishes and a 1st place, from 1992-95. He then played with Graphic Edge and Iguana Jakes from 1996-99 and won two 16-inch titles. He had a 4th, 5th and 7th place finish with those squads. He was individually named to 8 All American teams and also won the home run contest in 1999.
In 1996, Tim was part of the first team to ever get invited to No-Glove Nationals. It was the Carpet Country team that won Glove Nationals in 1995, that got the first invitation to No-Glove Nationals in Forest Park. Tim played 15 No-Glove Nationals at Forest Park, with his best finish with Stover in 2005.
Finishing his career with Stover from 2001-2008, they had 7 top 4 finishes at the Major National level and a 5th place finish in 2006. They also won 3 state championships in Iowa. He was honored to be inducted into the Iowa ASA 16-inch Men’s Slow Pitch Hall of Fame in 2010.
Thrilled with an opportunity to play with his youngest son, he came out of retirement in 2016 to play on the Blitz Softball Team. They finished 2nd at the A National Tournament, with both Tim and son Tanner named 1st Team All American in that tournament. To date, that is the highest place finish of any Iowa team at the A Nationals. It was also one of the few, if not first, times a father and son were named All American together.
Tim was also a member of the 2016 Las Vegas Fieldhouse team that won the Vegas Get A Way Tournament, and the 2017 March team that won the SSA 50 and over Nationals.
With his love of the game as strong as ever, Tim continues to support and be around the game as much as possible, currently as a manager and sponsor of his son’s team. The Marshalltown resident is married to Stacy and has 3 children Tyler, Tanner and Lyndsay.