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League Officers


CLIFTON TAYLOR - Interim President

Clifton Taylor is Vice-President at Richland Communities.  Based in Richland’s Roseville, office, Clifton Taylor manages a variety of the company’s Northern California assets in the Sacramento region, Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley.  Mr. Taylor’s primary focus is on entitlement and regulatory permitting of master-planned communities.

Mr. Taylor has worked successfully with federal, state and local agencies on numerous complex regulatory permitting matters in locations including Lathrop, Elk Grove, Lincoln, Sacramento and West Sacramento.  He also has played a leading role on development of the Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan, serving most recently as a member of the Finance Committee. In 2005, Mr. Taylor led a team that received a California Department of Conservation Director’s Award and San Joaquin Council of Governments Regional Excellence Award for its work on the largest Williamson Act easement exchange in California history.

Prior to joining Richland, Mr. Taylor worked on entitlements and acquisitions for Centex Homes in Roseville. He began his career as a planner for the County of Yuba, serving as Zoning administrator and secretary of the County Fish & Game Commission.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Mr. Taylor is active in the community, serving on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation board of directors and the California Irrigation District board of directors. He also is a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group in Sacramento.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


KEN WILSON - Commissioner

E-Mail:  greatwestleague@comcast.net
Ken Wilson is a co-founder of the Great West League.  In 2008, Wilson became President of the West Coast League, another summer collegiate wood-bat baseball league, serving in that position until 2013.  The following year he became president of the Great West League. In 2015 Wilson founded the Portland Pickles, a team in the Great West League.

Wilson has owned and operated professional minor league teams, and has extensive experience in designing and renovating ball parks.

He broadcast for several Major League Baseball teams (Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angeles, and the Oakland Athletics.  Wilson is one of a handful of broadcasters to call three perfect games during his big league career (Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers, 1994; Phillip Humber, Chicago White Sox, 2012; and, Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, 2012), as well as two no-hitters, George Brett's 3,000th hit and Gaylord Perry's 300th victory. He was also on the call along with Joe Morgan when Pete Rose recorded hit 4,192 to break Ty Cobb’s record.  Wilson called NHL games for 22 seasons (Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues), including games for ESPN and SportsChannel America

He and his wife, Marlene, have four children and make their home in Portland, Oregon.


BILL SPECK - Supervisor of Umpires

E-Mail:  nobangers@aol.com
Bill Speck has a wealth of umpiring experience, both on and off the field. He currently umpires in the PAC 12, the Big West, West Coast Conference, WAC and Mountain West Conference, and has worked two NCAA College World Series in Omaha, as well as 29 NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals. His umpiring career began in the Pioneer League in 1981. Speck moved up to the Pacific Coast League, working seven seasons in the AAA league.

He is married, has a grown daughter, and operates a landscape business in his hometown of Modesto, California.

About the Great West League

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.