OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization announced today that John McPhail (Roanoke, Virginia) has been appointed as Commissioner of USA Softball of Central Virginia. McPhail will assume responsibilities immediately following the retirement of former Commissioner, Henry Pollard.
"I am honored that USA Softball has put faith in my abilities to lead Central Virginia in the future,” said McPhail. “Following Commissioner Pollard and all that he has done for USA Softball will not be easy and I thank him for his leadership. I will work hard with my current staff, and city and county localities to keep the positive USA Softball presence in Central Virginia."
Prior to taking on the role of Commissioner, McPhail focused on building the Junior Olympic (JO) program for both the Piedmont and Central Virginia USA Softball local associations. Serving as the elected Region 2 Vice President on the USA Softball Board of Directors since 2017, McPhail has attended all nine USA Softball Annual Council Meetings and JO Workshops since first becoming a JO Commissioner in 2011.
As a Council Member, McPhail has chaired the JO Committee for the past five years and been involved since 2011. With the addition of more than 20 tournaments, McPhail has played a key role in the growth of the JO program in addition to acting as tournament director for six USA Softball Girls’ Fast Pitch Class A National Championships.
Before becoming JO Commissioner, McPhail presided over the Virginia Scrappers Softball Organization as President and was an assistant softball coach for three years. In addition to his involvement in the sport, McPhail served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.