OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.---Al Murray, 53, has been named to succeed current Alabama commissioner G. Pat Adkison who is retiring after 31 years of service. Adkison, who served as President of the Amateur Softball Association three times during his tenure as commissioner, will retire February 1, 2006.
Murray, who will celebrate his 54th birthday January 15, 2006, has been involved with the Alabama ASA for 26 years. During that time, he has served as District Umpire-in-Chief (UIC), State Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) and Deputy Commissioner/Administrative Assistant.
“We want to bring Alabama ASA back to the level of teams and umpires that we had in the past,” said Murray. “We want to continue the great tradition that Alabama ASA has had over the last 35 plus years and to work to make it even better.”
Murray has been the director of parks and recreation in Gadsden, AL for the past 6 1/2 years and has been involved in parks and recreation for more than 24 years.
He is a 1974 graduate of Clemson University where he earned a B.S. in recreation and park administration. After graduating from Clemson, he spent six years in the Army before starting his Park and Rec career in 1981 as the athletic director for the city of Oxford, AL.
Murray started playing ASA softball in 1979 and in 1981 became an ASA umpire. He played in three Master’s National Championships and umpired in three ASA nationals. He served as the UIC at 13 ASA nationals and assistant UIC at three other ASA nationals.
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