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Officiating crews for the 2017 season

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2017 NFL season. This season, there are 8 new officials to replace officials that retired or were moved up to the league office. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, matching last season’s record-level bench. The swing officials will move between crews through the season, and include include two umpires, two line-of-scrimmage officials, and a deep wing. Umpire Bill Schuster once again is listed as a swing official, however last season he was moved to a crew in preseason to replace an injured official. Head linesman Jim Howey is in his third stint as a swing official, having previously been one in 2011 due to an injury and continuing into 2012.

For the second consecutive season, there are no new “white hats,” as everyone from the referee position remains. Four crew chiefs were added from 2014-15.

This season, the NFL has renamed the head linesman position to down judge, in deference to use a gender-neutral term.

Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the crews they were on last season, the college attended, and occupations. A replay official is assigned to each crew, but the replay assistant is assigned to the stadium, much like the chain crews and clock operators.

Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are indicated at the bottom of each crew list.

*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season.

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 4   Pembroke State non-profit CEO
U 11 Fred Bryan 9 * Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ 48 Jim Mello 14 * Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 40  Brian Bolinger 1 NA Indiana State  
FJ 97 Tom Hill 19 * Carson Newman teacher
SJ 26 Jabir Walker 3 Parry Murray State math teacher
BJ 83 Shawn Hochuli 4 * Claremont financial advisor

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 22   Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 124 Carl Paganelli 18 (swing) Michigan State retired federal probation officer
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 2 * Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 18 Byron Boston 23 * Austin tax consultant
FJ 117 John Jenkins 4 * St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 125 Laird Hayes 23 * Princeton owner of football camps for high school and youth
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 10 * USC law enforcement

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 10   Nebraska attorney
U 128 Ramon George 2 * Lenoir-Rhyne financial underwriter
DJ 94 Hugo Cruz 3 * Texas-Pan American investment manager
LJ 8 Dana McKenzie 10 Boger Toledo claims adjuster
FJ 73 Joe Larrew 16 * St Louis attorney
SJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 11 Triplette Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 4 * Jacksonville State owner, supply company

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 14   Morehouse College retired commercial insurance underwriter
U 49 Rich Hall 14 * Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 134 Ed Camp 18 * William Paterson physical education teacher
LJ 63 Mike Carr 1 NA Wisconsin  
FJ 103 Eugene Hall 4 * North Texas federal agent
SJ 87 Walt Coleman IV 3 * Southern Methodist financial advisor
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 18 * California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 18   California-Irvine sales manager
U 19 Clay Martin 3 Hochuli Tulsa high school basketball coach
DJ 100 Tom Symonette 14 Allen Florida certified public accountant
LJ 79 Kent Payne 14 * Nebraska Wesleyan teacher
FJ 31 Mearl Robinson 1 NA Air Force  
SJ 88 Brad Freeman 4 * Mississippi State sports park director
BJ 5 Jim Quirk 8 * Middlebury financial advisor

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 65 Walt Coleman 29   Arkansas manager dairy processor
U 44 Jeff Rice 23 * Northwestern attorney
DJ 74 Derick Bowers 15 * East Central sales representative
LJ 16 Kevin Codey 3 * Western New England middle school physical education teacher
FJ 1 Scott Novak 4 Cheffers Phoenix sales manager
SJ 95 James Coleman 13 (swing) Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 10 * Arizona State quality control manager

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 23   Cal State-Fullerton retired educator
U 76 Alan Eck 2 * Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 13 Patrick Turner 4 * Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 2 Bart Longson 3 * Brigham Young co-founder and CEO, digital finance company
FJ 82 Buddy Horton 19 * Oregon State water service worker
SJ 25 Ryan Dickson 1 NA Utah  
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 9 * Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 85 Ed Hochuli 28   Texas-El Paso attorney
U 14 Shawn Smith 3 Triplette Ferris State internal auditor
DJ 98 Greg Bradley 9 * Tennessee chemical engineer
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 8 * Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 104 Dale Shaw 5 * Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
SJ 55 Alex Kemp 4 * Central Michigan insurance agent
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 15 * Iowa sales, printing and promotions

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 16   Idaho State sales representative, retail logistics group
U 115 Tony Michalek 16 * Indiana USA Football officiating director
DJ 123 Ed Walker 4 Steratore San Jose State real estate management
LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 21 * Glassboro State vice president, novelty cone company
FJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 9 * South Carolina State insurance agent
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 10 * Auburn realtor
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 18 * San Jose State sales

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 77 Terry McAulay 20   Louisiana State college officiating coordinator
U 54 Steve Woods 1 NA Wabash  
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 16 * Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 14 Morelli Nicholls State full-time official
FJ 72 Michael Banks 16 Vinovich Illinois State carpenter foreman
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 3 * Arkansas systems engineer
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 4 * Canisius sales manager

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 135 Pete Morelli 21   St. Mary’s high school principal
U 92 Bryan Neale 4 * Indiana sales consultant
DJ 22 Steve Stelljes 16 * Friends business planning manager
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 10 Cheffers Nebraska corporate real estate
FJ 126 Brad Rogers 1 NA Lubbock Christian  
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 22 * Morgan State director of operations and management
BJ 12 Greg Steed 15 * Howard computer systems analyst

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 132 John Parry 18   Purdue financial advisor
U 131 Mark Pellis 4 * Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 90 Mike Spanier 19 (swing) St Cloud State middle school principal
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 16 * Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 118 David Meslow 7 Allen Augsburg College marketing manager
SJ 7 Keith Washington 10 * Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 20 * Hope College retired high school administrator

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 114 Gene Steratore 15   Kent State co-owner, supply company
U 81 Roy Ellison 15 (swing) Savannah State technical staff member
DJ 24 David Oliver 1 NA Baker  
LJ 108 Gary Arthur 21 * Wright State president, commercial printing company
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 16 * Oklahoma State energy trader
SJ 29 Adrian Hill 8 Blakeman Buffalo software engineer
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 12 * Aquinas College educator

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 8   Michigan State attorney
U 121 Paul King 9 * Nicholls State school teacher
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 3 Triplette Mobile pharmaceutical sales representative
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 24 * Akron vice-president
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 3 * Southern Oregon middle school principal
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 19 Triplette Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 38 Greg Yette 8 * Howard defense contractor

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 42 Jeff Triplette 22   Wake Forest restructuring consultant
U 71 Ruben Fowler 12 Cheffers Huston-Tillotson retired firefighter
DJ 32 Jeff Bergman 26 * Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
LJ 113 Danny Short 1 NA North Carolina-Charlotte  
FJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 16 Torbert SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
SJ 43 Terry Brown 12 Coleman Tennessee probation supervisor
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 17 * Mississippi State custom home builder (former NFL player)

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 13   San Diego accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 12 * Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 110 Phil McKinnely 16 * UCLA inventory control (former NFL player)
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 17 * Salem teacher
FJ 89 Jon Lucivansky 9 (swing) Minnesota college educator
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 15 * Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 16 * Texas Christian banker

 

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 15   Washington athletic director
U 20 Barry Anderson 11 * North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 21 * Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 9 * Grambling State software QA tester
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 21 * Hofstra attorney
SJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 16 * Texas A&M attorney
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 15 * Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager

Swing officials

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
U 129 Bill Schuster 18 Steratore Alfred insurance broker
U 64 Dan Ferrell 15 Corrente Cal State-Fullerton director, parts logistics and supply chain management
DJ 37 Jim Howey 19 Torbert Erskine College director of adult education
LJ 68 Tom Stephan 19 McAulay Pittsburg State business broker
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 22 McAulay Wofford banker

7 thoughts on “Officiating crews for the 2017 season

  1. In addition, would you mind posting 16 postseason assignments with the crews? Would give a sense of how crews were put together. Thanks!

  2. Poor Ron Torbert, stuck with S.T. Good Luck, she has killed the last two crews she was with. One year with a crew must mean something?

  3. The Green Bay VS Seattle game Zebra staff did a horrible job and cost Seattle the game, a little replay would have gone a long way, this game was not a fair game and it was quite noticeable, it wasn’t a fair competition for both teams

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