Commissioner Gallaway announced today that the Potomac Wiffleball League has named Greg Hudson as the third Deputy Commissioner in league history.
Hudson has played and managed four seasons with the DC Twits, and was named Manager of the Year in Summer 2012. He was also the creator of Hard Knocks: PWL and sat down for a Six Innings profile in late 2011.
“I’m excited that Greg is joining us in the league office. He’s going to be tremendous asset. We’ve come a long way and the league continues to grow, it’s far past time to add more senior leadership to the staff,” Commissioner Gallaway said in a prepared statement.
Hudson’s profile hasn’t been finalized in the league office yet, but with a background as a videographer and video editor, Hudson is expected to contribute to both on field and off field responsibilities.
The first Deputy Commissioner, Stephen Zigmund, served from 2006 through Spring 2009. Zigmund is the career and single record holder for Hits, Home Runs, Runs Batted in and Total Bases. He also holds the single season record for Doubles. He retired in 2009 after winning four World Championships with the Canvassers, but still represents the league in the annual London Wiffleball Tournament. His role was largely relegated to field setup, scorekeeping and umpiring, tasks which have sense been moved to a team of league contractors.
The second Deputy Commissioner was Brian Clapp, who served from Spring 2009 to Summer 2011. Clapp was named Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs shortly before Zigmund’s departure later in the same season. Clapp was the leader of the Rossi Posse. He is the career leader in Ground Outs, but will be surpassed this season by Matt Dreyfus who only trails by one. Clapp was primarily responsible for team and player recruitment, special events like the Champion’s Dinner, and making apologies for Commissioner Gallaway being an asshole.
The position has been vacant since the end of the 2011 season.
Hudson released a statement
Back in 2011, I came across a site that seemed almost too good to be true. A site that brought together wiffleball players from around the DMV and built a place for them to compete and even track their stats. The league was of course PWL. It was in 2011 that the DC Twits were formed — a name chosen due to our love of DC and Twitter (which we proudly display our handles on our team jerseys). Since 2011, the DC Twits have gone from an 8-7 non-playoff team to an 11-3 division winning playoff team (we’ll win a playoff series eventually right?).
I have taken an active role in the league, not only just stat tracking, watching video, among other things — but as manager, I wanted to take on new challenges, specifically in the free agency market. While I’m sure the Biebs Feevs and the Janitors both hate me taking 2 of their players (Crawford and Higman) — free agency adds some fun to the league. Just don’t go stealing my players.
Moving forward as Deputy Commissioner at PWL, I am looking to better the league in many aspects. In just the 2.5 years since I’ve played, PWL has already become a better league in so many ways. As Deputy, I first want to look into ways to better our video capabilities. As a videographer/video editor professionally, I am going to take these abilities to strengthen our league. We’re going to test out WebGems, highlights, and more. I will be working with Chris — and maybe more importantly, you all. To accomplish everything we want to strengthen this league into the best in the country, we need your help too. I want to interact with everyone in the league, I want your suggestions, concerns, comments. I want to be able to help the new teams, too. If you have an issue or a concern, drop me a line, or just come talk to me before or after the DC Twits games. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in a couple of more weeks!
You can email Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter at Greg_Hudson.