Each month we 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. This month we are featuring someone who is both a regular official and a PSL Staff Member!
Our May PSL Staff Member of the Month is Ky! Get to know Ky better and be sure to say hi to her next time you see her out!
How long have you been working for the PSL?: My very first day with PUMP and PSL was January 9th, 2012.
What sports have you officiated?: I’ve officiated kickball, softball, broomball, volleyball, flag football, dodgeball, and I oversee the PSL bowling playoffs each season. If I had to pick a favorite sport to officiate it would definitely be softball, but dodgeball is a close second!
What is your favorite PSL memory?: I’m not sure I have one favorite memory, but I really enjoy getting to know teams and I’ve met a lot of amazing people who have become great friends. I love getting to umpire a night of softball where I know a few players from each team and can catch up to see how everyone has been. I also like the nights where I don’t know anybody and get to meet new teams and new people – the anonymity is nice, but those nights are few and far between.
What do you do for a living?: I get asked pretty regularly what I do for a living, and believe it or not this is my full time job. I started out as the Assistant Director of PSL, moved to PSL Coordinator, and am now the Operations Manager; it’s been a fun challenge to learn and grow into each position! I work 40 hours a week and those who know me well know that, during our busiest seasons, I work well over 40 hours doing my best to make your experience a great one. It takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes, but I really love what I do and what PSL offers to its participants.
Why did you decide to apply for a job with PUMP and the PSL?: I graduated from Cal U with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management, and this was the first job I had applied for where I really found myself to be excited at the potential opportunity. I had sometimes thought of other job opportunities as just jobs, and this felt like more of an opportunity that I could turn into a career. As a sort of fun fact, I grew up with Greg’s younger cousin and we played softball together for about 8 years. It was Greg’s Aunt Candice who gave me a call and let me know about the job opening. It was a wonderful opportunity and I’m incredibly lucky and thankful to have been offered the position and still be here!
Anything you’d like to share about yourself with the PSL community?: I’m an avid softball player and have been playing for 25 years. While I’m not really competitive on the PSL fields, I do play in a women’s league that is competitive. I’m also a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and was at Game 7 in Detroit in 2009! When I’m not working or playing softball I like to sit out back on my patio with my husband, step daughter, and our pup, Titan, enjoying the warm weather. I am a #dogmom and most of my daily routines revolve around Titan and making sure he gets enough exercise. I’m sure at some point you’ll see both of us at a field!