OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that James “Duck” McDonald has been named the Philadelphia ASA commissioner. McDonald has helped oversee the association since June 2009 when longtime commissioner Walt Lucas passed away.
“It is an honor to be named the ASA Softball Commissioner of Philadelphia,” McDonald said. “Taking over for Luke, who directed us for the past 30 some years, leaves me with some very big shoes to try and fill. With the help and direction of our metro and Oklahoma staffs, I will do all that's possible to make Philadelphia a more viable ASA association.”
McDonald has been involved in all aspects of Philadelphia ASA and the City of Philadelphia Softball Advisory Committee since 1973. He started on the grounds crew and has now been everything from the youth commissioner to the executive director.
He has umpired with the ASA, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association since 1973, the same year he took up coaching.
“Walt Lucas was one of a kind and will be missed by all, but we are very comfortable with the selection of James ‘Duck’ McDonald as the Philadelphia ASA commissioner,” ASA Director of Membership Services Craig Cress said. “Duck has been heavily involved with the running of Philadelphia ASA for several years and we are sure that he will continue to work with all involved in making Philadelphia ASA a viable and strong ASA Association.”
McDonald graduated in 1969 from Bloomsburg University with degree in accounting and economics. Since 1968, he has worked at Father Judge High School. He is currently the Assistant Dean of Students and teaches accounting.
In 2004, he retired ceremoniously from the City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 77 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
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