Dale McMann knows how to play hardball in a softball world.
Born in 1953 in Alberta, McMann lived in Prince George from 1978 to 2006, serving in many high-profile positions. But it was his love of all things diamond, and his willingness to serve at every level, which earned him respect not just in the city and region, but across the country and internationally.
Just 25 at the time, McMann was named regional coordinator for Softball B.C. in 1979, and little did he know the path that would lead to. By 1986, he was serving as president of Softball B.C. and during his four-year term he led many aggressive initiatives, including the establishment of Softball City in the Lower Mainland, working closely with good friend Glen Todd on that project.
In 1990, McMann was elected president of Softball Canada, and kept that position for 11 years. The national body found its way back to financial stability while experiencing strong growth during that period, and that was accomplished while McMann was also serving the International Softball Federation as vice-president/North America – a post he held for an incredible 16 years (1993-2009). While handling those posts, he was integral in the planning and decision-making for World Championship and Olympic competitions. His input was crucial as the ISF established its headquarters in Florida.
Proving days are longer than 24 hours in his world, McMann also found time to serve as a minor ball coach in Prince George, in both softball and baseball.
McMann’s impact on the Prince George sporting scene, and his reach from this locale into the highest levels of international softball, make him a deserving inductee into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.