Rick Quintrell’s baseball career took off as a catcher on Metro League-championship teams at Tallmadge High School coached by the legendary Dave Young and continues today as a highly respected national-level umpire in adult baseball competition. The Tallmadge resident is simply very comfortable around home plate. It started for Quintrell in the renowned Tallmadge Little League program and progressed through the Greater Akron Baseball Federation playing for Newman Construction. Quintrell, who later returned to Tallmadge to coach under Young, posted a .338 batting average his senior season and was an All-Metro League honoree.
He played in the Akron AA League with Akron Omnicor and Crocker’s Restaurant from 1984 through 1991 and was on 2 championship teams. Quintrell then transitioned into the Roy Hobbs over-30 league playing with the Akron Blues from 1992 through 1996 and 2000. He won league titles with the Blues in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000. Quintrell started his longstanding umpiring career in 1994 while still an active player. He became certified as a Class 1 umpire and began umpiring high school state tournament games. He has umpired 8 City Series title games along with 12 district games, 8 regionals and has umpired state finals games in Columbus in 2001, 2011 and 2013.
Quintrell also has umpired many championship games at various levels in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, Fla. He was the umpire-in-chief at the 2007 national championship event. Quintrell is a member of Summit Umpires Association and works as an instructor at umpiring clinics.