February 3, 2011

Four D-III conferences join forces in officiating

Midwest Conference officials
Midwest Conference officials line up for the national anthem before a game at St. Norbert. Officials for these games will now be part of the Midwest Football Officials' Alliance and could also work games for other area Division III conferences.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com 

A partnership of four NCAA Division III athletic conferences including the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Midwest Conference, Northern Athletics Conference and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announce a historic agreement with the Midwest Football Officials’ Alliance – Division III (MFOA-DIII) and former National Football League official Bill Carollo to oversee all football officiating operations beginning with the 2011 seasons. 

As the principle operator of MFOA-DIII, Carollo will serve as the coordinator of officials on behalf of all four conferences and will be joined by Tom Fiedler and Jim Lapetina as assistant coordinators for the MFOA-DIII.

The formation of the alliance is the first of its kind in NCAA Division III and will expand the education, evaluation and recruitment of officials as well as expand the pool of officials to provide greater flexibility among the four conferences. Well over 150 football contests are conducted within the four participating conferences every fall, accounting for more than 1,000 football official assignments.

"The affiliation of the CCIW, MWC, NAC and the WIAC with the Midwest Football Officials alliance represents a monumental shift to a model that will provide the resources to recruit and train collegiate football officials at a level far beyond what any one Division III conference could possibly accomplish on its own." stated Gary Karner, commissioner of the WIAC.

Carollo, who started his collegiate officiating career in these partnered conferences, served as a Big Ten football official from 1980-88 and concluded a two-decade career with the NFL in 2008. He officiated Super Bowls XXX and XXXVII, was selected as an alternate referee for Super Bowl XXXVIII and managed eight AFC or NFC Championship games in his career. In 2009 Carollo was also named the Coordinator of Football Officials for the Big Ten.

"I am excited about my involvement in the formation of an alliance involving some of the top Division III conferences in the country,” said Carollo. “Our main goal will be improved on-field performance through a coordinated training program led by assistant coordinators Tom Fiedler and Jim Lapetina.”

Fiedler has spent the past six years as the coordinator of football and men’s basketball officiating for the WIAC while also serving as the conference commissioner for the Big Rivers Conference at the high school level.

Jim Lapetina was the supervisor of officials for the Arena Football League from 2001-2008 and currently is the Big Ten Evaluator/Grader of Game Officials and a NFL replay official since 2006, where he worked in the replay booth of Super Bowl XLIV.

Midwest Conference Commissioner Chris Graham noted, “We are fortunate to have the D-III knowledge and experience of Tom Fiedler and the professional officiating expertise of Jim Lapetina to support the efforts of our football officials in the Midwest region.”

"The new relationship with the alliance will take our education, training and consistency to the next level for our officials building on the framework built by Jim Keogh,” said CCIW commissioner Chris Martin. “We also anticipate an increased emphasis on the recruitment of new officials moving forward."

Now, with the MFOA, officials will no longer be assigned to a single conference, but will be overseen by the association which will streamline standards and policies among the four conferences to ensure consistent officiating.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our officials, coaches, and student-athletes to advance in terms of the resources and experience that Bill and his staff will bring to football in the CCIW, MWC, NAC, & WIAC,” said Steve Larson, commissioner of the NATHC. “The cooperation of the four conferences will most certainly enhance the quality and consistency of officiating for all concerned. The educational and technological components that will be provided will be a very positive step forward for all four conferences.”

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
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8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
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7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
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7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
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12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
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12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
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1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
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1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
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1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
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1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
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2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
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2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
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2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
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2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
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2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
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2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
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2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
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6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
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7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
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7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
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7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
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7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
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8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
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8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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