Each month we are going to take the time to get to know one of our PSL officials better. This is a great way to know the person who dedicates their free time to umpiring or refereeing your games.
Our August PSL Official of the Month is Dave! Get to know Dave better and be sure to say hi to him at your next PSL game.
How long have you been officiating with PSL? I’ve been umpiring with PSL since 2012.
Which sports do I officiate? Kickball was my favorite sport, so it’s the only one that I currently umpire.
What is my favorite officiating memory? In 2015, the 4th of July was on a Saturday meaning that the holiday would be observed on Friday July 3rd. At that time I was umpiring at Dilworth field on Thursday nights. Since everyone did not have to work the next day, all of the teams got together and planned a giant cook out at the field. All of the teams spent the evening playing kickball, cornhole, ladder ball, and other games. It was a great display of how our leagues can bring people together in a positive and fun way.
What do I do for a living? In addition to umpiring I have a few different jobs. I’m a doctor of audiology at the VA in Oakland which is my main gig. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. My family also has an antique business that I help them operate on the weekends.
Why did I decide to officiate for PSL? Before deciding to become an official I played kickball for many years. One day our umpire had a very last minute cancellation. Rather than having to reschedule I offered to officiate the games. Greg Mitrik was gracious enough to agree. I enjoyed doing it and applied to be an official after those games. I’ve since retired from playing but thoroughly enjoy being able to officiate the games and remain part of the kickball community.
Anything you would like to share about yourself with the PSL community? I always encourage players to try different sports, different fields, and to invite more friends to play. PUMP and PSL have been such a great organization for Pittsburgh that engaging more people to become a part of our organization will improve our community, our organizations, and those who participate.