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Photo: Pop Warner photo at University City
Mike Sexton, Don Carey and Mike Carey
Registration Now Open for the 2022 season
SDCFOA Remembering Dave Melton
Dave graduated from St. Augustine and was a 5th grade teacher for 32 years. He was a football official for 21 years. He worked in the NCAA from 1980 to 1991 and a Crew Chief for 10 years. Dave was President of the association in 1989.
Dave passed away April 19, 2022
SDCFOA Information Updates from Steve Coover
New 2022 College Rule Changes by John McDaid
Congratulations to Mike Carey
Mike is being named the 2022 NFLRA HONOREE. The union recognized Mike for his outstanding NFL officiating career and his service to the NFLRA. Please join me in congratulating Mike and enjoy this fun and inspiring video! The full press release is also attached. - Steve
SDCFOA Remembering Steve James
It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Steve James who passed away unexpectedly and heartbreakingly too soon on April 15, 2022 at the age of 64 in Grove City, Ohio. Steve was one of outstanding crew chiefs and umpires who transferred to San Diego later in life but fit right in with the SDCFOA. His friendship, leadership, and officiating skills will be greatly missed. He was a crew chief in 2012 for 5 years. Steve worked the 2021 season.
He worked the 2018 Division III final as an Umpire.
SDCFOA Remembering Fellow Members
Tom was an official from 1996 to 2020.
He worked the 2007 and 2009 Division III Final and 2011 Division V Final.
Tom passed away January 19, 2022
Mark was an official from 1980 to 1999.
He worked 1986 8-Man Final.
Mark passed away December 27, 2021
Our prayers and thoughts to both families.
NFL Post Season Assignments
Congratulations to SDCFOA members for working the Wild Card weekend.
Tim Podraza will be working the Pittsburgh at Kansas City game on January 16, 2022.
Danny Short will be working the Arizona at Los Angeles on January 17, 2022.
Message from Kevin Haws
January 1, 2022
As my last official act as the outgoing President of SDCFOA, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for the tremendous dedication and leadership each of you provided over this past year. It was an absolute honor to serve with you and I am very grateful for the support you provided throughout the year.
We say thank you to two of our outgoing BOARD members, Terry Bernard and Zack Marble. Terry will be back in his new capacity as our President for 2022. Also returning as re-elected members are Brandon Chavez and Bob Flavin. We are really fortunate to have these two experienced members back on the BOARD for an additional three years. Finally, please join me in welcoming our newest members, Rob Schaerer and David Middleton. Your presence on the BOARD will be most sincerely appreciated.
I would also like to thank our returning Appointed Officials including Steve Coover - Instructional Chairman, Tom Ables - Assignment Secretary and Ed Zapolski - Executive Secretary. A big thank you goes to Tony Sands for the great job he has done the past few years as our Treasurer and a warm welcome to Terry Thompson who will be taking over for Tony.
All the best to you and your families for a safe and healthy 2022. Thank you!
We take a look at a CIF Football Playoff game from the viewpoint of the officials. Follow a San Diego County Football Officials Association crew for the 2021 CIF Semi-Final game between. La Jolla at Mira Mesa.
Looking for new Officials -- Come Join the Team!
Congratulations to the following SDCFOA members for their 2021 Bowl assignments:
Chris Wiggins-Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Michael Mothershed-TicketSmart Brimingham Bowl
Bob Bahne-Orange Bowl
Marlow Fitzgerald-Sun Bowl
Scott Rielly-Sun Bowl
Scott Hoslett-New Orleans Bowl
Congratulations to the following Officials that worked the 2021 Finals!
|Referee||Brian Bortness||David Garza||Scott Countryman||Ed Zapolski||Mike Downing||John Seaman|
|Umpire||Scott Carroll||Art Warren||Andy Wilson||Ron Gillenberg||Sam Totah||Imperial County|
|Head Linesman||Tony Shaw||Charlton Lynch||Jacob Wittler||Bob Flavin||Bill Haws||David Duffield|
|Line Judge||John Isham||Nathan Thernes||Matt Starr||Mike Kingsley||Branden Chavez||John Thur|
|Field Judge||Ted Schiess||Gary Gittelson||Corey Butts||Ben Boccoli||George Conley||Kyle Takeo|
|Side Judge||Tyler Lindsay||Brian Mills||Jordan Graves||Levi Sumner||Kipper Bell||David Sibbet|
|Back Judge||Joe Magnuson||David Middleton||Mark Halby||Garrett Haislip||Rob Schaerer||Imperial County|
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 CIF Sportsmanship Award
The SDCFOA Youth Fund, in partnership with the CIF and Commissioners Joe Heinz and Todd Cassen, will be sponsoring a Team Sportsmanship Award this year.
Each week our crews will be asked to reflect on the sportsmanship exhibited by the teams before, during and after their games. When a team demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship, the crew will nominate that team for consideration.
The winners received a trophy, banner for their gym, and $1,000 which will be presented at halftime of the CIF Open Division championship game.
SDCFOA AWARD WINNERS FOR 2021
Training Videos by Garth DeFelice
Garth DeFelice has provided training video for Back Judges and Running Play Coverages.
Garth is a former NFL Umpire and currently a NFL Supervisor.
SDCFOA would like to thank Garth for his continued support.
Back Judge 2nd Level Fouls
Running Play Coverage
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
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 referee.com)
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
Interview with the President
February 26, 2021
Referee Magazine Covers
Garth DeFelice August 2002
Tim Podraza September 2004
Mike Carey November 2006
Featuring Mike Carey
You Tube videos of this play has over 4 million views.
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)
- John Gill and John Gill III
- Rick and Jimmy Christensen
- Don and Kevin Clay
- Richard and Ian Sage
- Bob and Mike Duggan
- Edward and Sergio Delos Reyes
- David and Alec Rios
- John and David McDade
- Dave and Jim Sibbet (in front)
Way Back row – Brothers
Bill and Kevin Haws
Don and Mike Carey
Bill Tellous (likes the limelight)
John and JJ Stavola
Mark and Tyler Lindsay