ID Organization Name Type
111601 OAFO Other

2017 OAFO Spring Clinic

Wednesday, March 01, 2017
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UPDATE:  The Ohio Association of Football Officials (OAFO) Spring Clinic will take place May 12-13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Findlay, Ohio. 

Clinic Co-Chairmen Paul Stout, Ron Kay and Nolan Nowak, all members of the OAFO and on the staff of the COC (B1G, MAC and MVC) have announced that Jerry Markbreit will be speaking on both Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.  Mr. Markbreit spent 23 seasons in the NFL and was the Referee for a record four Super Bowls. Prior to his NFL career, he officiated in the B1G, where he currently serves as a trainer for the COC.

Clinicians at this time will include, from the NFL, Bob Waggoner, Gary Arthur, and Dino Paganelli, from the COC, Don Willard, Jim Shaw, Ron Tipton and Ron Kay.  Also from the COC, handling Replay will be Bill Carollo, Bill Alge, Dave Nowak and Ken Myers.  

Other noted presenters include OAFO members Mike McCann, Coordinator of Officials for the GLIAC and the GLVC; Andy Pfaff, Coordinator of Officials for the NCAC; Craig Griffith, Coordinator of Officials for the GMAC and the OAC, and Dennis Jackson, Asst. Coordinator for the HCAC.. Representing the COC (B1G, MAC and MVC) will be Bill Carollo and Bob Waggoner

On Friday night, our dinner speaker will be Dr. Clint Longenecker, an award winning management professor from the University of Toledo, and former UT Rocket football player.  Clint is an active management consultant, educator and executive coach whose clients include a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial organizations.  He is also a regular speaker to senior leadership in the U.S. military and is considered one of the top motivational speakers in the country.  As a former collegiate player, Clint is keenly aware of the official's role in game management and will discuss his ideas on leadership, and for improving our game management and communication skills with coaches, game administrators and other officials. 

On Saturday, we will have a presentation by John Adams, from Dale Carnegie and a former collegiate basketball official.  Mr. Adams will address techniques for handling stressful situations, many learned and practiced in the business world that can be incorporated on the football field.   

 On Saturday, we will have a presentation from John Adams,from Dale Carnegie and a former collegiate basketball official.  Mr. Adams will address techniques for handling stressful situations, many learned and practiced in the business world that can be incorporated on the football field.    The focus of the clinic will be an advanced, interactive training experience for ALL members of the OAFO, including those currently officiating DI, DII and DIII football.  Whether you are just getting started in officiating at the H.S. level, are a veteran H.S. and collegiate official, or are working at the highest levels of college football, you will find something to improve your game come next fall. With some of our leagues adding the Center Judge position in the future, 8 man mechanics as well as 7 man will be discussed in detail.  The clinicians and trainers will be focusing on NCAA rules and mechanics, utilizing the same interactive video technology used by the COC office.  Clinic participants will have the opportunity to not only view play situations, but to “make calls” and participate in the discussions.  

Other sessions will include individual position mechanics, both self and crew evaluation training, and a detailed discussion of Replay and a demonstration of the actual replay equipment utilized by Replay officials.  Utilizing the interactive technology, participants will be asked to make replay decisions from both the field and the booth. 

We will kick it off at Noon on Friday, May 12 with registration and opening remarks by University of Toledo Head Football Coach Jason Candle.   Purchase Officials Supply will be set up from Noon until 2 PM with a full line of equipment for sale. 

A detailed agenda has now been posted on the OAFO’s website,  The clinic will conclude on Saturday, May 13 at 3 PM.  

Registration and Fees

The Clinic Co-chairmen, as well as the clinicians chosen to present this year, have determined that a maximum number of participants is 185.  Since the clinic is a primary benefit of membership in the OAFO, clinic fees are reduced for OAFO members.

Please complete the attached registration form and send it along with the appropriate fee.  OAFO members have the opportunity to help grow their organization by identifying and sponsoring one (or more) H.S. official from their area who they think has the ability to advance to college football and become a member of the OAFO.   We also have a special rate for OAFO Life and Retired Members as well. 

Paying by CHECK?  Please register online. The registration site is in big bold letters at the end of this registration section.

If you really enjoy writing and absolutely must fill out a form, please download and print this form and mail your payment to the address at the bottom.

Paying ONLINE? Please click HERE to go to the registration site where you can register and pay online.



Host Hotel

The site of this year’s OAFO Clinic is the Hilton Garden Inn, located south of Toledo in Findlay, Ohio.  Please use the attached hotel website for information and reservations.  If you call the hotel, make sure you mention the group name “Annual Spring Clinic”.  The link below also gets the group rate of $114/night.

Booking Link:

Other Hotels

There are two other hotels in the immediate vicinity of the clinic location.  They are

Country Inn and Suites Findlay – $88/night advanced purchase

Holiday Inn Express Findlay - $112/night advanced purchase



Please contact one of the following OAFO Members if you have questions.


Paul Stout, MVC                           

Ron Kay, MAC                              

Nolan Nowak, MVC                      


Clinic Committee

Ken Myers, MVC                         

Dave Nowak, Big Ten                 

Ken Kuhlman, NCAC                  

Stan Kielar, HCAC                      

Joel Clay, Big Ten                       

Steve Gfell, MVC                        

Mike Sassaman, NCAC              

Jim Shaw III, Big Ten                  

Ron Tipton, Big Ten                    

Devin Aller, NCAC                      

Brian Carder OAFO Sec-Treasurer

Frank Spryszak, NCAC               

Bob Waggoner, COC, NFL         


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