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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jen Pawol Assigned to Umpire Games in the Gulf Coast League

A media release from the Gulf Coast League:

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Gulf Coast League (GCL) today announced the hiring of umpire Jen Pawol for the 2016 season. Pawol (pronounced Powell) will be the first female umpire in the GCL since Pam Postema in the 1977-78 seasons, and becomes the first female umpire in Minor League Baseball since 2007.  

Pawol attended the 2016 Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. She was selected for the MiLB Advanced Course, where the top candidates from The Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy qualify for further training. Her performance in the Advanced Course led to her assignment to the Gulf Coast League.  

“Beginning my career as a professional baseball umpire this week is a privilege that goes beyond words,” said Pawol. “I went to the Major League Baseball Umpire Camps and the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy with an open mind, a strong work ethic and a passion for umpiring, and I’m honored to be starting this exciting journey in the Gulf Coast League.”  

Pawol will become the seventh woman to umpire a Minor League Baseball game, joining Bernice Gera (1972), Christine Wren (1975-77), Postema (1977-89), Theresa Cox Fairlady (1989-91), Ria Cortesio (1999-2007) and Shanna Kook (200304).   

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“Jen worked extremely hard during the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and proved herself during a very competitive Advanced Course to earn this assignment,” said Minor League Baseball Director of Umpire Development Dusty Dellinger. “We are pleased to have someone of her talent joining the professional umpiring ranks and I’m confident she’ll do a great job.”
Pawol was a decorated softball catcher and shortstop at Hofstra University and competed for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team. She later received a master’s degree in fine arts from Hunter College. Pawol began her umpiring career in 2006 and worked Division I softball through 2015, including assignments in the Big Ten Conference during the 2013-15 seasons.   

Pawol and partner Scott Molloy will open the 2016 season on Friday, June 24, in Dunedin, Florida, as the GCL Blue Jays host the GCL Tigers at noon EDT. The Blue Jays’ complex is located at 1700 Solon Avenue, Dunedin, Florida 34698. Pawol’s second game will take place the following day in Lakeland, Florida, as the GCL Tigers host the GCL Blue Jays at 10 a.m. EDT. The Tigers’ complex is located at 2125 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805.  

About the Gulf Coast League  

Founded in 1964, the Gulf Coast League is a rookie-level professional baseball league in Southern Florida. The league is operated by Minor League Baseball and features 17 teams representing 15 Major League Baseball organizations. For more information, visit 

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