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LBFOC Session Leaders


DAN CAPRON
REFEREE B1G CONFERENCE
2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Referee

Dan began officiating football in 1981. In 1990 he joined the staff of the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). In 2000, he was hired by the B1G Conference as a Head Linesman. He moved to the referee position in 2005. Since joining the B1G, Dan has officiated the International Bowl, New Orleans Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Independence Bowl, and Orange Bowl. In 2013, he officiated the B1G Conference Championship game. In 2017, Dan officiated the Peach Bowl, which served as a College Football Playoff National Semi-Final. In 2018, Dan served as the referee for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.


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.


LARRY HAYES 
CENTER JUDGE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE 

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. 


Dan Scanlan
Center Judge Big 12 Conference

Dan began his officiating career in 2004. He worked for 7 years in high school football in various leagues including the catholic league in the Philadelphia area. He began officiating collegiate football in 2010 with Milt Halstead and the ECFOA. Two years as a SJ/FJ and two years as a R. Dan officiated a D3 playoff game and a D2 playoff game in his final season working for Milt Halstead.
In the 2014 season Dan was hired by the Big12 conference as a Center Judge. He is entering his 5th season in the Big 12.
Dan officiated the 2016 Rose Bowl game and the 2017 National Championship game. This past season he worked the Military Bowl.
Dan is a police officer in Aldan Pennsylvania. Dan and his wife, Cait are expecting their first child this coming football season and they reside in Springfield Delaware County Pennsylvania.


Jeffrey Akers

Umpire American Athletic Conference

Jeffrey Akers was graduated from the University of Michigan where his as a three-year letterman for the Wolverines football team.  He played in the Rose, Sugar, Holiday and Fiesta Bowls.

Jeffrey is a member of ANEFO, EAIFO, and ECAC officiating organizations.

He is currently a member of the American Athletic Conference [formerly Big East], Jeffery has been a member of the staffs of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic 10, Ivy and Patriot League Football Officials, and ARENA-2. 

Jeffery has officiated the Military, New Mexico, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Hawaii and AutoNation Cure Bowls as well as the Army/Navy Game and the Emerald Isle Classic in addition to NCAA Division 1AA [now FCS] and Division III Playoff games.


JEFF CARR 
UMPIRE B1G CONFERENCE


Jeff began officiating football in 1982. In 1985 he joined the staff of the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). In 1996, he was hired by the Mid American Conference (MAC) as a Head Linesman & Umpire. In 2002, he was hired by the BIG Conference as an Umpire. Since joining the B1G, Jeff has officiated the Cotton Bowl, GMAC Bowl, Texas Bowl, Independence Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl and Cactus Bowl.  In 2006, he officiated the Rose Bowl National Championship game between Texas/USC. Jeff officiated the 2014 BIG Championship.   Arena Football League Umpire since 2000


Randy Ross

Umpire, Colonial Ivy Patriot Football Officials

Randall J. Ross (Randy) began officiating Pop Warner and Bert Bell youth football games in 2001.  His high school officiating career included the 2007 Chester County Valor Bowl, nine playoff games including three District One championships, the 2008 State Semi-finals, and the 2009 State Championship. 

During his final two seasons of high school football, Randy also officiated NCAA Division II and III football for Milt Halstead.  In 2010, he was promoted to the Division I FCS level and is currently an Umpire for Jim Maconaghy working primarily in the Colonial Athletic Association and the Ivy and Patriot Leagues.  Randy officiated FCS playoff games in 2015 and 2016. 

In 2017, he was awarded the College Football Official of the Year by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Football Foundation.  He is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he played under Coach Frank Beamer for two seasons.  Randy is a CPA and is currently the Finance Director at Parx Casino.  Randy and his wife, Krista, have four children and reside in Berwyn, PA.


Patrick Holt

Line Judge B1G Conference

2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Line Judge 

In 2000, Patrick Holt began officiating high school and youth football in the greater Baltimore area as a member of the Maryland Board of Football Officials. In 2004, 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. In 2010, Patrick was fortunate to be hired by Jim Maconaghy to work in the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League and Patriot League. 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, 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. 


Chris Junjulas

Field Judge Atlantic Coast Conference

Chris Junjulas started officiating college football in 2000 for the Eastern College Athletic Conference(ECAC). From 2002 to 2007, Chris worked as a Side Judge and Field Judge for the Colonial Ivy Patriot Leagues (CIP). The Big East hired Chris for the 2007 season, where he worked until 2011. He then moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) where he continues to work as a Field Judge.

Chris has worked post season games, such as the Capital One Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the ACC Championship, and the College Football Playoff Semifinal to name a few.

Chris works for the Administrative Office of the US Courts and currently lives in Clifton Park, NY with his wife and three children


TOM CONSIDINE, 
Replay official American Athletic 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.


Gerry E. Bram

MAC/B1G Replay Official

Gerry had a long and distinguished career on the field as a Back Judge, finishing his on-field days with Conference-USA.  During his years officiating at the Division 1 FBS Level, Gerry was privileged to have worked numerous post season bowl games.  Before moving to the Division 1 level, Gerry worked the 1995 Division 2 National Championship Game in the Back Judge position.


BILL SURDOVEL, 
NJSIAA STATEWIDE FOOTBALL RULES INTERPRETER
Bill presently holds the position of NJSIAA Football Rules Interpreter. He also serves as NJFOA Shore Chapter Rules Interpreter. He has been a high school football official since 1991 and has served as a crew chief since 2012. Bill officiated college football as a member of the ECAC between 1999 and 2005 and as a member of the ECFOA between 2001 and 2011. Bill officiated two seasons in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

Bill has officiated numerous high school and collegiate playoff games, three state sectional finals, and three state finals as crew chief. Also, Bill officiated NCAA Division 3 Football Playoff Games in 2006 and 2011 as well as an ECAC Bowl Game in 2005.

Bill is a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services, Inc. He and his wife, Tricia, reside in Wall, NJ and have three children.