South Gulf Football Officials Association

2010 FHSAA Association of the Year

2013 Calling for a Cure Campaign

Officials to participate in "Calling for a Cure" campaign

Some FHSAA contest officials have agreed to participate in the “Calling for a Cure” campaign. By participating, these officials have agreed to donate their game fee, or a portion of their game fee, to the American Cancer Society. The dates for participation in the state of Florida are as follows:

  • Oct. 1-31, 2013
  • Officials will be using pink whistles for all FHSAA contests during the month of October

Changes to the 2011 SGFOA uniform

Aug 3, 2011: The following uniform changes are effective immediately.

The SGFOA will use blue bean bags as the primary bean bag for all sub-varsity and varsity games. Back Judges will still need to carry a blue and white bag.

Second, officials will be allowed for the 2011 regular season only, to have the American flag patch on the left sleeve or behind the neck. The FHSAA's playoff uniform requirements are to have a white bordered American flag on the left sleeve. This will be the SGFOA standard in 2012. 

These changes are in addition to wearing black pants for varsity games. 

Varsity crews for 2011

Crews listed in draft order with the Crew Chief (Referee first), Umpire, Linesman, Line Judge and Back Judge.

Wheeler, Leslie, Hobbs, Naidl, Dente

Reese, Singletary, Finley, Shaffer, Weeks

Whidden, Murphy, Lewin, Ferreira, Spangler

Stevens, Perry, Burch, Latherow, Leucke

Brown, Bavilacqua, Golliher, Paul, Broyles

Mantica, Buonocore, Roorda, Morgan, Vigness

Schaible, Mendoza, Jacobs, Lutz, Nicholson

Hanson, Jones (N), Bryant, Whitmore, Grannon

Smith, Thomas, Reynolds, Rogers, Rusnock

Goble, Walker, Ackerson, Herrera (M), Haskill 

Alternate Referees:

Rick Sanzone

Steve Burch, Esq.

Alan Walker

David Lutz 

Gil Whitmore 

NFHS and FHSAA approved black pants to be part of varsity uniform

Announced at the May 10, 2011 general membership meeting and beginning with 2011 kickoff classic games in August, black pants with a 1 1/4 inch stripe, will be the standard uniform for all varsity games. The black pants are replacing the traditional white knickers and northwestern socks. Anyone planning on working a varsity game in 2011 must have a pair of the black pants. A black leather belt will still be worn with the pants and black crew length socks are to be worn with the black pants.

Here is a link for the lightweight pants available at Honigs: 

Other links: 

 Third SGFOA Official elected to the FHSAA Hall of Fame

Floyd “Butch” Goble. Goble, 64, has served as a contest official since 1982. He is a registered baseball, football, softball and volleyball official, and is a member of the South Gulf Officials Association in Fort Myers. Goble has officiated four baseball, four football and two basketball state finals events for the FHSAA, and has served as an evaluator for baseball and basketball. He has served multiple terms on the FHSAA Officials Advisory Committee, and has been the contest official liaison to the Baseball Advisory Committee.  Goble was the FHSAA Active Official of the Year for the 2009-2010 baseball season. 

This is the 21st group to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, formerly the FHSAA Hall of Fame. Founded during the 1990-91 school year, the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame keeps alive the tradition and spirit of high school athletics, and honors each year those persons who, through distinguished achievement, have excelled in one or more high school programs sponsored by the Association and its member schools. This year’s eight inductees bring the number of deserving individuals who have been enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame to 144. They include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials and other contributors, such as sports writers, who have raised the level of awareness of high school activities through their efforts, achievements and dedication.

SGFOA board election results 

The SGFOA members highlighted below were elected to the respective positions at the November 15th elections. Positions begin January 1st and run for the calendar year.  Thanks to Mike, Don, Steve and Rick for their many years of service to the association.


Mike Brown (I), Gil Whitmore and Ken Reese

Vice President;

Tom Hanson (I) - unopposed


Butch Goble (I) - unopposed


Don Schaible (I), Mark Rusnock and Jody Finley

Booking Agent;

Danny Whidden (I) and Jerry Buonocore

General Board Seats, 2 positions to be filled;

Eddie Lewin, Alan Walker, Frank Perry, Ricky Pointer, Paul Thornton, Doug Stevens and Steve Burch 

(I) = Incumbent  


SGFOA awarded 2010 FHSAA Association of the Year

South Gulf Football Officials Association named Officials Association of the Year

GAINESVILLE – The South Gulf Football Officials Association of Fort Myers was named the 2010 Officials Association of the Year at the annual Officials Leadership Conference in Gainesville this weekend.

The award is the highest honor awarded by the Association to a local officials association deemed to have contributed at the highest level of excellence to Florida high school athletics.  Among the factors considered are recruitment of new officials, retention of member officials, education and training of membership, professionalism, and innovation.

SGFOA Past President and Co-Founder Elected to 2010 FHSAA Hall of Fame.

February 25, 2010 
GAINESVILLE -Former contest official Clement Brooks, former Pine Crest
School swimmer Andrew Coan and Nova High School baseball coach Pat McQuaid
front the list of nine individuals selected for induction this year into the
Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 
Joining them in the Class of 2010 are South Florida sports writer Larry
Blustein; former Jefferson County High School football coach Harry Jacobs;
the late Avon Park High School baseball coach Guy Garrett; Gaither High
School baseball coach Frank Permuy; contest official Joseph Rider; and the
late Sam Sirianni, former football coach at Fort Myers High School. 
This is the 18th group to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic
Hall of Fame, formerly the FHSAA Hall of Fame. 

* Joseph Rider. Rider, 67, is currently an active FHSAA football official in
his 35th year of officiating, and also serves as a replay official for the
Atlantic Coast Conference. Before officiating, he played football for more
than 10 years as a high school, collegiate and minor league player.
Since1970, he has been a contest official, and has officiated more than 300
football games and 120 basketball games. He has also been a part of numerous
FHSAA playoff crews, and has officiated two state championship games. He is
a co-founder of the Royal Palm Football Officials Association in Fort Myers.
He served as president for that association, as well as the South Gulf
Football Officials Association. In 2005, he received a certificate from the
FHSAA commemorating more than 35 years of service as a contest official.
Two separate committees comprised of active and retired administrators,
coaches, officials and news media representatives evaluated the nominations
of the nine individuals selected for induction to the Florida High School
Athletic Hall of Fame this year. A seven-member screening committee first
reviewed all nominations received and determined which nominees were viable
candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame. The nominations of those
candidates then were forwarded to a 16-member selection committee, which
rated the nomination of each candidate to determine the candidates who would
be inducted.
The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for
interscholastic athletic competition in Florida. It has a membership of more
than 750 middle and senior high schools.


SGFOA Playoff Crew #1 endures extreme weather in Regional Final

Pregame photo doesn't do the weather justice. With temps in the 50's, steady winds and increasing rain throughout the game those warm and muggy September nights don't seem so bad after all!!

Armwood @ Charlotte 4A Regional Final: Hanson, Bryant, Elmore, Whitmore, Stevens, Luecke, Nicholson and White

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