Title: PSL Officials Coordinator
Phone: 412-338-2133 ext. 13
John Palko joined PUMP in 2021 as PSL’s Officials Coordinator. John discovered a niche for sports and officiating during his time at Penn State as a work-study, officiating intramural flag football, softball and basketball while pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
After earning his Masters in Sports Management Studies from California University of Pennsylvania, John found a career as an Intramural Sports Coordinator. John is an active NCAA and PIAA official in softball and basketball, having been fortunate to officiate numerous conference, district and state championships. Even if he’s not officiating, John wants to help officials get better through teaching at umpire and referee camps and clinics year-round.
When he is not out on a field or court near you, John enjoys spending time at home in McDonald with his wife and son. He can be found getting in his hacks on a golf course and loves being the player-manager of his Monday night PSL softball team, the Pounders.