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LBFOC Session Leaders

Amanda Sauer

Referee Mid American Conference

Amanda started officiating high school football as an umpire in Westchester County, New York before moving to Pittsburgh where she continued officiating in the Pittsburgh area. After a couple of years working in the WPIAL, Amanda was hired by Conference USA as an umpire under Gerald Austin. At the same time, she worked in the ECFOA for Milt Halstead. Amanda worked as an umpire in Conference USA for two years before being hired in the COC by Bill Carollo. Amanda was a center judge for two years in the MAC. In 2016, Amanda worked the New Orleans bowl as a center judge. In 2017, Amanda became a referee in the MAC and became the first female full-time referee as well as the first female to officiate a B1G game.

Jeff Maconagny 

Referee Atlantic Coast Conference

Jeff has been officiating football beginning since he was 16 years old. He had no choice! Football officiating was in the family blood and frankly you just did it! It became an avocation that would continue through high school varsity in the Suburban One, division III and II college football in the EAIFO and ECAC to Division I where has been officiating for over 17 years.

Jeff followed the family path into the Big East Conference as a Referee.  He followed his Father, Jim Maconaghy, a previous inductee to the PA Sports Hall of Fame and retired Big East referee after the 2000 season. Jeff has spent the past two years in the ACC after many years in the Big East / AAC and Big 10.  As a referee Jeff has been fortunate to work over 200 Division I football game and 14 bowl games. 

Professionally, Jeff is the President of Encompass Risk Solutions, part of the Assured Partner Network of Companies. He has two children Tyler (24) and Camryn (16) who endured hearing people they didn’t know “boo” their father.  Jeff was re-married in 2017 to his beautiful wife Maureen.

Tra Blake
Referee ACC

Tra began officiating high school sports in Central Florida, working in the CFOA. In 2011 he began working the college football circuit in the GACOA (Gulf Atlantic Collegiate Officials Association) as an NAIA Line Judge. By 2013 Tra was again hired as a Line Judge, this time in both the MEAC and Conference USA. During the 2014 season he became a referee in the MEAC, a duty he performed while concurrently working Line of Scrimmage in Conference USA. Preceding the onset of the 2015 season Tra transitioned to a full time role as a referee in Conference USA. In 2017 he joined the ACC staff as a referee and continues to work in the conference. Tra has officiated the FCS Playoffs, Military Bowl, Dollar General Bowl and this past season was selected as the alternate for the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl. This game was a College Football National Semi-Final.  In the spring of 2019, Tra was selected to work as a Referee in the Alliance of American Football.


Larry Hayes currently works as a Center Judge in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Prior to joining the ACC, he was a Center Judge and Umpire for the American Athletic Conference.  He worked the Bahamas Bowl in 2014, the Cotton Bowl for the 2016 season and the Cactus Bowl in 2017.  He has also worked FBS, Division II and Division III playoff games representing the Colonial, Ivy and Patriot Leagues and the EAIFO/ECFOA. 

Larry is currently employed as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for the QVC Group leading the Group’s Legal, Ethics and Compliance and Governmental Affairs functions.  The Group consists of the QVC, HSN, Zulily and Cornerstone retail brands. 

Willie Thomas


Mike Pilarski 
UMPIRE B1G Conference

Mike Pilarski began his officiating career in 1998 at the youth and high school levels in Northeast Ohio.  He joined the staff of the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2000 as an Umpire, working playoff games in 2002 and 2004.  Mike moved to the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2005, where he remained through 2007, working post-season assignments each season. Promoted to the Mid-American Conference beginning in 2008, Mike worked three seasons in the league while being assigned to the MAC Championship game in 2009 and the Insight Bowl in 2010.  In 2011, Mike was invited to join the Big Ten staff where he continues to work today.   He has worked six bowl games including the Liberty Bowl this past season.

Mike resides in Broadview Hts., Ohio with his wife Lauren and his four children.

Robin DeLorenzo

Mid America Conference Wing Official

Robin began working football at the high school level 17 years ago. During that time, she had the privilege of working numerous playoff games and became the first woman to officiate a State Final in New Jersey. She was also the first woman ever elected to the Board of Directors for the NJFOA - North Chapter and served time on the Membership Committee teaching and mentoring incoming football officials.

Once joining the NCAA ranks, Robin worked for Bill Ward in the ECAC, Milt Halstead in the PSAC and NEC, and Gerald Austin in Conference USA. She now works in the Mid American Conference under Bill Carollo and worked her first Big Ten game in the 2018 season. Robin is the acting Second Vice President of the EAIFO Metro Chapter. She is also currently an official in the Alliance of American Football professional league and was honored to work the league's Inaugural Game. Robin is a member of the NFL's Officiating Development Program.

Robin is a graduate of Fordham University and currently resides in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ with her fiance.

Patrick Holt

Line Judge B1G Conference

2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Line Judge 

Patrick began officiating high school and youth football in the greater Baltimore area as a member of the Maryland Board of Football Officials in 2000. Four seasons later, he started his collegiate football officiating career working for the Centennial Conference. In 2006, Patrick began working for Milt Halstead in the PSAC, NJAC, and Middle Atlantic Conference. Patrick was fortunate to be hired by Jim Maconaghy to work in the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League and Patriot League in 2010. Patrick was promoted to the Mid-American Conference in 2013. He has worked in the Big Ten from 2014-2016 as a Center Judge. In 2017, he changed to Line Judge. During his career, Patrick has worked D2 and FCS playoff games as well as the Armed Forces Bowl, the Alamo Bowl (twice), the Sugar Bowl, the B1G Conference Championship Game, and the National Championship Game. Patrick is an alum of North Carolina State University (in Raleigh, NC).

Jim Casey

Head Linesman  American Athletic Conference

Jim started officiating in 1988 with A.R.C.O. (Association of Registered Conference Officials).  After a few years he worked in the Philadelphia Catholic, Philadelphia Public, Inter-Ac and Suburban One Leagues.  He had the good fortune of being assigned many playoff and Championship Games.

In 1997 Jim was accepted into the Philadelphia Chapter of the E.A.I.F.O. where he worked games assigned by the ECFOA and ECAC.  He worked several ECAC playoff games and the 2002 Division III Semi-Final Game.  In 2003 Jim became a member of the Atlantic 10 Staff and eventually part of the CIP Staff. Jim’s last game as a full-time member of the CIP was the annual Lafayette vs Lehigh Game.

In 2010 Jim was invited to become part of the Big East, now known as American Athletic Conference, Officiating Staff.  With this move Jim also changed positions.  For the next three seasons he was without the chains as he served as a Line Judge.  In 2013 Jim switched back to Head Linesman.  During his tenure, Jim has had the privilege of being assigned to many exciting games including the first ever night game at Michigan Stadium - Notre Dame vs Michigan, Navy vs Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland and the 2016 AAC Championship Game.  In addition to these games Jim has worked the Army Navy game, Capital One Bowl, Orange Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, New Orleans Bowl and the Cactus Bowl.

Dan Bush

Head Linesman Mid-American Conference

Dan began working high school football in the Philadelphia Catholic League and the PIAA, where he officiated several league-wide and state-wide championship games. He began working Division 2 and 3 college football in the mid 2000’s, and moved into Division 1AA (now FCS) shortly thereafter. After several years in the CIP, Dan moved into the Mid American Conference, where he is entering his 5th season. He officiated in the 2017 New Mexico Bowl.  

 Dan is an attorney, and lives and works in West Chester, PA with his wife and 3 children.

Michael Sharp

Line Judge Mid American Conference

Started officiating at the Sand Lot level in 1992 with the Association of Registered Conference Officials (ARCO).  Began officiating at the Collegiate level (Div. II & III) in 1999.  Worked eight seasons of FCS level football starting in 2004 in the Colonial, Ivy and Patriot leagues.  Since 2012 I have been a full-time crew member working in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Worked the 2014 MAC Championship game. Twenty five (25) seasons officiating as a short wing official at multiple levels.

Gary Powers

Field Judge B1G Conference

Gary began officiating youth and high school football in 1996 in Northern, Virginia.  In 2003, Gary started working collegiate football for the ODAC and Conference USA – South, Division III conferences in Virginia and North Carolina.  In 2007 Gary was hired by Jim Maconaghy to work in CAA, Ivy, and Patriot Leagues.  He worked 2010 Quarterfinal game playoff game and the 2011 National Semifinals.  In 2012 he worked as a fill-in back judge for the Big East and was hired full time by Terry McAuley in 2013 for the AAC.    Gary worked the 2015 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.  In 2016 Gary was hired by the Big Ten and moved to FJ.  Gary worked the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl. 

Gary resides in Ellicott City, MD with his wife Kristen and 3 children.  Gary has been employed by Under Armour for the past 14 years as the Team Sports Sales Manager. 

Jim Reif

Field Judge American Athletic Conference

Jim Reif currently works as a Field Judge in the American Athletic Conference. Prior to joining the American, Jim worked in the Colonial/Ivy/Patriot Leagues for 8 years and also in the Northeast Conference for 2 years prior to joining the CIP. Jim Began his high school football career in the Philadelphia Catholic League in 1999 where he worked numerous playoff and city championship games. Jim began officiating at the D-2 & D3 college level in 2003 after being accepted into the EAIFO/ECFOA. Jim has worked the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl, the 2018 New Orleans Bowl, and FCS, Division II, and Division III playoff games.

Jim is a Police Captain in suburban Philadelphia and lives in Drexel Hill, Pa, with his wife and three children.

Dominique Pender, Jr.

Back Judge, B1G Conference

Dominique began officiating youth and high school football through the New Jersey Football Officials Association (Raritan chapter). A few years later, Dominique was hired into the Centennial Conference as a Field Judge (prior to transitioning to Referee). In 2012, Pender was hired into the Mid-American Conference as a Field Judge. Dominique is entering his 4th season in the Big Ten Conference (2nd as a Back Judge). During his time in the Collegiate Officiating Consortium, Dominique has worked the MAC Championship game and St. Petersburg, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Sun, and Liberty Bowls.

 He is the current President and Instructional Program Coordinator of the EAIFO – Metro chapter.

 Dominique works for a Wall Street bank and resides in New York City with his wife and son, Nelson. He holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from Howard University and a Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Replay official ATLANTIC cOAST Conference 

Tom Considene has been a collegiate football official for over 30 years and a Division 1 Football Official for more than 20 years.  Tom spent 5 seasons in the Atlantic 10 Conference (now the Colonial Athletic Association) where he worked Division 1-AA/FCS Playoff Games. At the Division 1-A.FBS level, he joined The Big East Conference in 2003 where he worked until that league evolved into The American Athletic Conference. Tom has worked multiple bowl games including Sun, Military, Humanitarian and Las Vegas. Tom retired from the field after the 2014 season and moved into the replay booth for the 2015 season.  Prior to moving to Division 1, Tom worked in the PSAC (Division 2) and MAC, NJAC (Division 3) conferences.

Tom is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he played baseball, and the University of Pennsylvania. He works for the Susquehanna International Group as Head of Vendor Relations Management.  Tom and his wife, Lu-anne, live in Fairless Hills, PA.  They have four adult children.

Jack Winter


Jack began officiating football in 1977 with Metrofficials, a sandlot officiating organization in Philadelphia, PA. In 1982, he began officiating High School Football in the Buxmont, Suburban One and Philadelphia Catholic Leagues.  During this time, he moved to the referee position. Jack's collegiate football officiating career began in 1986 when he joined the EAIFO Philadelphia Chapter. He became a member of the ECAC staff.  In 1998, Jack became a member of the Atlantic 10 [now Colonial Athletic] Conference staff.  He worked Division 1 AA/FCS for 15 seasons.

Retiring from the field after the 2012 season, Jack took a sabbatical year.  He returned to football as a Communiator/Replay Official with the AAC in 2014.

Between his on field and booth work, Jack has officiated eleven NCAA Playoff games, including six at the Division 1 AA/FCS level as well as two bowl games.

While an on-field official, worked eleven post season assignments- three Division Ill games, two Division Il games and six Division IAA games.  

Entering my 43rd year of officiating football

Paul Sheehan is the current PIAA Statewide Football Rules Interpreter. He assumed this role in 2014. Paul has been a registered PIAA football official since 1995 and officiated 8 seasons of NCAA Divisions 1-AA, II and III football.  In addition to his current rules interpreter duties, he is currently an active Referee in PIAA. He is a member of the NFHS Football Rules Committee since 2015.