From the NFCA web site:
JOHN D. CARROL APPOINTED INTERIM PRESIDENT OF WPF
The appointment of John D. Carrol as interim President and Chief Executive
of Women's Professional Fastpitch, LLC (WPF) was announced today by Jay
Cowles, Chairman of WPF's Board of Directors.
Carroll has been most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing
Officer of Del Wilbur Associates. From 1992 to 1996, Carroll was the Executive
Director and CEO of USA Volleyball, based in Colorado Springs.
He graduated from Boston University, earned an MBA from Boston College,
served four and a half years as a flight officer in the U.S. Air Force,
served eight years as a director of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
and is a member of the advisory board of the Women's Sports Foundation.
Carroll is well known nationally as a founder and former president of Capital
Sports, the first pure sports marketing agency in the United States that
did not represent athletes as its principal business.
At WPF, Carroll succeeds Mitzi Swentzell, who has resigned. Swentzell, a
resident of Denver, brought her experience with the Denver Nuggets and Jacor
Broadcasting to the top post at WPF in early 1995.
"It has been exciting and challenging in getting this league off the
ground and now it is time to pursue some of my other interests," said
"Mitzi provided ground-breaking leadership in taking WPF through an
outstanding exhibition tour in 1995, securing AT&T Wireless as title
sponsor for WPF's first three seasons and launching the league's first full
season of play this summer," said Cowles. "We all greatly appreciate
her contributions to WPF and to women's athletics."
WPF recently announced a 66-game schedule for its second season in 1998.
The season will run from May 29 through August 30 for the Carolina Diamonds,
Durham Dragons, Georgia Pride, Orlando Wahoos, Tampa Bay FireStix and the
A championship series will be played before Labor Day.
Carroll will serve as WPF's CEO until a search committee of WPF directors,
chaired by Bruce Lucker, Executive Vice President of Unapix Entertainment,
New York, fills the position on a permanent basis.
Other principal executives of WPF include Rayla Allison, Vice President/League
Director, and Cindy McGinley, Vice President/Business Manager.