Officials News

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Photo: Pop Warner photo at University City

Mike Sexton, Don Carey and Mike Carey

SDCFOA Remembering Coach Thompson



Coach Chris Thompson of Mira Mesa High School passed away last night. As many of you know, Coach Thompson battled cancer recently and was doing extremely well as was his football team.

God bless his family and the Mira Mesa community as they grieve the loss of one of the greatest Marauders of all time! 

God Bless Chris Thompson! 

Referee Magazine Article by Bob D'Angelo

September 2021

SDCFOA in the News

The SDCFOA and its officials have been highlighted many times in the local news, including articles on the association’s efforts to recruit new members, podcast interviews with the instructional chair, and feature stories highlighting notable SDCFOA officials and their accomplishments on and off the field.

July 13, 2021: “Football Officials Association Seeing Shortage in Referees” – KUSI

July 12, 2021: “Referees Sought for San Diego County Fall Youth Football Season” – Patch

July 12, 2021: “Referees Sought for San Diego County Fall Youth Football Season” – Times of San Diego

July 12, 2021: “Referees Sought for San Diego County Fall Youth Football Season” – NBC 7/39

July 12, 2021: “Referees Sought for San Diego County Fall Youth Football Season” – Coast News Group (also appeared in

June 29, 2021: “The SDCFOA Meeting Our Officiating Diversity Deficit Head On” – Voice & Viewpoint

Aug. 4, 2020: “High School Football Seeking Officials to Combat Shortage” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Dec. 11, 2019: “Safety is Priority #1 for San Diego County Football Officials” – U-T Prep Podcast, San Diego Union-Tribune

July 24, 2019: “U-T Prep Report Online: Interview with Steve Coover” – U-T Prep Podcast, San Diego Union-Tribune

Oct. 17, 2018: “Official, 80, Has No Plan to Take a Seat on the Sideline” – San Diego Union-Tribune

July 13, 2017: “Hall of Famer Earned His Stripes as Football Referee” – San Diego Union-Tribune

June 28, 2017: “Military Seen as Hotbed for Recruiting Sports Referees” – San Diego Union-Tribune

June 28, 2016: “Ex-Charger Gets Football Fix as Official” – San Diego Union-Tribune

June 24, 2016: “Football Officials Looking to Increase Ranks” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Sept. 3, 2015: “Former Ref Mike Carey Now Explains the Calls” – Associated Press

June 27, 2015: “Officials Find a Way to Stay in the Game” – San Diego Union-Tribune                      

May 6, 2014: “County Looking for Football Officials” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Feb. 24, 2013: “NFL Referee Mike Carey a Success On and Off Field” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Sept. 16, 2011: “NFL Official Knows He’s Only as Good as His Last Call” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Referee Magazine Covers

Garth DeFelice August 2002

Tim Podraza September 2004

Mike Carey November 2006

Butt-Fumble Play

Featuring Mike Carey


You Tube videos of this play has over 4 million views.

Bill Tellous


It is with deep regret that I inform you of the loss of one of our SDCFOA Hall of Fame members, Bill Tellous.  It is our understanding from the family that Bill died Wednesday morning at home due to congestive heart failure.  The plan for now is for some of his ashes to be spread at crystal pier with family present, but his may take a while due to overwhelmed mortuaries.  We will report any plans to celebrate Bill’s amazing life.  To say Bill Tellous was “one of a kind” is an understatement.  He truly was one of San Diego’s greatest athletes and officials.  Here is an excerpt from his Hall of Fame Bio:

Bill Tellous – Hall of Fame Basketball and Football Official – Class of 2008

Bill played football, basketball, and baseball at La Jolla High School.  He continued basketball and football with a scholarship at San Diego State University.  Bill as active in both the San Diego Basketball Association and the San Diego Football Officials Association where he was the Executive Secretary/ Treasurer for 20 years in the basketball association and 30 years in the football association.  Bill worked all levels in both football and basketball from CIF to NCAA.
As you can tell from the attached photo, if you were a rookie referee and Bill was your umpire, you could do NO WRONG!  He had your back!  God speed, Bill Tellous! - Steve

Bill Tellous letter written to the board regarding the amount of turnback's and possible penalty. He was "One of a kind".

Fathers, Sons and Brothers


Father, Son and Brother family members serving in the San Diego County Football Official’s Association gathered together to enjoy a photo opportunity at the conclusion of this year’s annual SDCFOA Banquet. Recruitment and retention of quality football officials has been a source of strength and long held tradition of our association for many years. Many of these family members have served on Varsity crews together and in several cases, Fathers were instrumental in training their Sons to become successful crew chiefs, following in their Dad’s footsteps.

Left to right (Fathers standing, Sons kneeling)

  1. John Gill and John Gill III
  2. Rick and Jimmy Christensen
  3. Don and Kevin Clay
  4. Richard and Ian Sage
  5. Bob and Mike Duggan
  6. Edward and Sergio Delos Reyes
  7. David and Alec Rios
  8. John and David McDade
  9. Dave and Jim Sibbet (in front)

Way Back row – Brothers
Bill and Kevin Haws
Don and Mike Carey
Bill Tellous (likes the limelight)

‚ÄčNot Present
John and JJ Stavola
Mark and Tyler Lindsay