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Officiating crews for the 2015 season

wpid-wp-1403718423106.jpeg Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2015 NFL season. This season, 10 new officials have been hired, with one additional hire after the NFL announcement in April. There are three veteran officials are designated as swing officials, who will move between crews through the season. John Hussey was promoted to referee to replace Bill Leavy, who is now an officiating supervisor. Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the crews they were on last season, and occupations. Nine veteran officials have changed positions, which are indicated at the bottom of each crew list. *indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season.

         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 2    non-profit CEO
U 11 Fred Bryan 7 * superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
HL 48 Jim Mello 12 * facilities manager
LJ 100 Tom Symonette 12 * certified public accountant
FJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum 15 * financial consultant
SJ 97 Tom Hill 17 * teacher
BJ 83 Shawn Hochuli 2 Corrente financial advisor
Replay official: Jim Lapetina
Replay assistant: Jim Pearson
Position changes: S. Hochuli (SJ to BJ)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 20    college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 40 Butch Hannah 17 Triplette retired federal probation officer
HL 22 Steve Stelljes 14 * business planning manager
LJ 18 Byron Boston 21 * tax consultant
FJ 103 Eugene Hall 2 * federal agent
SJ 125 Laird Hayes 21 Cheffers owner of football camps for high school and youth
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 7 Cheffers medical sales representative
Replay official: Billy Smith
Replay assistant: Jim Grant
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 8    attorney
U 44 Jeff Rice 21 Anderson attorney
HL 94 Hugo Cruz 1 NA investment manager
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 12 Morelli full-time official
FJ 43 Terry Brown 10 Boger probation supervisor
SJ 73 Joe Larrew 14 Parry attorney
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 2 * owner, supply company
Replay official: Rich Reels
Replay assistant: Bill Tracy
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 12    retired commercial insurance underwriter
U 49 Rich Hall 12 Hochuli custom cabinetry
HL 5 John McGrath 14 Triplette vice president of sales
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 14 Cheffers brokerage sales
FJ 118 David Meslow 5 Blakeman marketing manager
SJ 87 Walt Coleman IV 1 NA financial advisor
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 16 * co-owner, supply company
Replay official: Carl Madsen
Replay assistant: Eugene Cunningham
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 16    sales manager
U 96 Undrey Wash 16 * claims controller
HL 79 Kent Payne 12 * teacher
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 8 Wrolstad corporate real estate
FJ 88 Brad Freeman 2 * sports park director
SJ 1 Scott Novak 2 Leavy sales manager
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 8 Anderson quality control manager
Replay official: Charles Stewart
Replay assistant: Jimmy Oldham
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 65 Walt Coleman 27    manager dairy processor
U 129 Bill Schuster† 16 * insurance broker
HL 91 Jerry Bergman 14 * sales executive
LJ 16 Kevin Codey 1 NA middle school physical education teacher
FJ 41 Boris Cheek 20 Triplette director of operations and management
SJ 89 Jon Lucivansky 7 Parry college educator
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 2 * sales manager
Replay official: Lou Nazzaro
Replay assistant: Brian LoPinto
Position changes: Lucivansky (FJ to SJ)
†Substitutions: Bye week official or Bruce Stritesky (swing official) beginning in Week 9
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 21    college officiating coordinator
U 64 Dan Ferrell 13 * director, parts logistics and supply chain management
HL 54 George Hayward 25 * vice-president and manager, warehouse company
LJ 2 Bart Longson 1 NA co-founder and CEO, digital finance company
FJ 82 Buddy Horton 17 Morelli water service worker
SJ 7 Keith Washington 8 Hochuli program financial analyst
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 8 * law enforcement
Replay official: Howard Slavin
Replay assistant: Russell Yurk
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 85 Ed Hochuli 26    attorney
U 19 Clay Martin 1 NA high school basketball coach
HL 13 Patrick Turner 2 * plant manager
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 6 Vinovich general manager, safety services
FJ 29 Adrian Hill 6 * software engineer
SJ 78 Greg Meyer 14 Anderson banker
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 13 * sales, printing and promotions
Replay official: Tom Sifferman
Replay assistant: Roger Ruth
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 14 Hochuli sales representative, retail logistics group
U 115 Tony Michalek 14 Boger USA Football officiating director
HL 106 Wayne Mackie 9 Steratore director of operations, housing
LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 19 Blakeman vice president, novelty cone company
FJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 7 Leavy* insurance agent
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 8 Boger realtor
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 16 Leavy* sales
Replay official: Mike Wimmer
Replay assistant: Greg Shields
Position changes: Hussey (LJ to R)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 77 Terry McAulay 18    college officiating coordinator
U 92 Bryan Neale 2 * sales consultant
HL 74 Derick Bowers 13 Parry sales representative
LJ 68 Tom Stephan 17 * business broker
FJ 72 Michael Banks 14 Coleman carpenter foreman
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 1 NA   
BJ 12 Greg Steed 13 * computer systems analyst
Replay official: Earnie Frantz
Replay assistant: Don Langeloh
Position changes: Banks (SJ to FJ)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 135 Pete Morelli 19    high school principal
U 71 Ruben Fowler 10 Blakeman retired firefighter
HL 134 Ed Camp 15 Leavy (out) physical education teacher
LJ 53 Sarah Thomas 1 NA pharmaceutical sales representative
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 20 Blakeman banker
SJ 75 Rob Vernatchi 12 * enforcement investigator
BJ 104 Dale Shaw 3 * pharmaceutical sales
Replay official: Tommy Moore
Replay assistant: Glenn King
Position changes: Patterson (SJ to FJ)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 132 John Parry 16    financial advisor
U 131 Mark Pellis 2 * financial advisor
HL 98 Greg Bradley 7 McAulay chemical engineer
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 15 Leavy teacher
FJ 26 Jabir Walker 1 NA math teacher
SJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 14 Coleman athletic programs manager
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 18 * retired high school administrator
Replay official: Bob McGrath
Replay assistant: Brian Matoren
Position changes: Gautreaux (FJ to SJ)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 114 Gene Steratore 13    co-owner, supply company
U 20 Barry Anderson 9 Torbert builder/developer
HL 123 Ed Walker 2 Boger real estate management
LJ 108 Gary Arthur† 19 * president, commercial printing company
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 14 * energy trader
SJ 25 Bob Waggoner 19 * retired probation officer
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 10 * educator
Replay official: Darryll Lewis
Replay assistant: Tom Chase
Position changes: B. Anderson (FJ to U), Walker (LJ to HL), Weatherford (SJ to FJ), Waggoner (FJ to SJ), Lewis (LJ to replay)
†Substitutions: Swing official Dana McKenzie in Weeks 2 through 9 due to injury
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 62 Ronald Torbert 6    attorney
U 124 Carl Paganelli 16 * retired federal probation officer
HL 37 Jim Howey 17 * director of adult education
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 22 * vice-president
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 1 NA middle school principal
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 17 * environmental engineer
BJ 38 Greg Yette 6 * defense contractor
Replay official: Bill Spyksma
Replay assistant: Terry Sullivan
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 42 Jeff Triplette 20    restructuring consultant
U 14 Shawn Smith 1 NA internal auditor
HL 36 Tony Veteri 24 Blakeman physical education teacher
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 24 * president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 9 McAulay manager, law firm
SJ 55 Alex Kemp 2 * insurance agent
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 15 * custom home builder
Replay official: Paul Weidner
Replay assistant: Mike Chase
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 11    accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 121 Paul King 7 * school teacher
HL 110 Phil McKinnely 14 * inventory control
LJ 90 Mike Spanier 17 Coleman middle school principal
FJ 117 John Jenkins 2 * sales executive
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 13 Corrente general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 63 Jim Quirk 6 Vinovich financial advisor
Replay official: Larry Nemmers
Replay assistant: Mark Butterworth
Position changes: Cavaletto (FJ to SJ)
         Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 13    athletic director
U 81 Roy Ellison 13 * technical staff member
HL 28 Mark Hittner 19 * investment broker
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 7 Parry software QA tester
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 19 * attorney
SJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 14 * attorney
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 13 * sales manager
Replay official: Al Hynes
Replay assistant: Terry Poulos
Swing officials Yrs 2014 crew Occupation
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 10 Steratore airline pilot
HL 8 Dana McKenzie 8 Morelli claims adjuster
SJ 95 James Coleman 11 McAulay electrical engineer
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39 thoughts on “Officiating crews for the 2015 season

  1. Schedules will be posted on this site on a weekly basis. The league does not schedule more than 6 weeks at a time.

  2. No number for Jonah Monroe ?
    What is the point of an official changing from SJ to Fj and another member of the same crew changing from Fj to SJ?

  3. Have a great year.
    I’ll be your Fan and arm chair/side line observer. Call me when you need me.
    or rather email me.

  4. From the article:

    There are three veteran officials are designated as swing officials, who will move between crews through the season.

  5. How does an official go from working the SB to a swing official? Is that a down-grade?

  6. Nice to see: LJ 53 Sarah Thomas 1 working this year, will she be the only one multi-tasking on the crew as my wife says only women can multi-task!!!

  7. Being a swing official is not a down grade . For a few years the Sb umpire became a so the next year and Dana McKenzie worked the Sb last year.
    I do not think numbers 23 and 42 as refs is an embassmenr .

  8. The first person that needs to go is Blandino then maybe we will get some quality officiating. The quality of officiating will be as embarrassing this year as it was last year with on!y one of the poor decision makers gone. You can bet, again this year, on poor calls, bad judgment and biased calls. Need to rehire every official.

  9. I think Blandino has done a good job of bringing consistency to the officials and really knows his stuff. There are some officials that may not belong so let’s see what happens through this year.

  10. Let’s see if Joe Larrew gains competency now that he isn’t on Boger’s crew anymore. He was about as bad as Boger.

  11. Yeah Triplette is awful and always is in trouble with the league for his calls but he still is a ref. I don’t get that. Boger still needs to learn to speak a lot better to because he’s hard to understand at times. I think things will keep improving with guys approaching retirement like Coleman and there are three guys who were rookies last year…

  12. Very interesting article on ESPN regarding the use of swing officials:

    I found this paragraph of particular interest:

    The primary use for “swing” officials, of course, will be as injury replacements. In recent years, the officiating department has needed healthy officials to double up — working, say, a Thursday game followed by a Sunday game — to ensure complete coverage in instances of injury. The NFL got a reminder of that need this month during a physical assessment held for all 2015 officials. On the final run, one official ruptured his Achilles tendon, requiring the NFL to hire a replacement (side judge Jonah Monroe).

  13. It’s extremely difficult for me to openly criticize any official but Jeff Triplette makes me reconsider my rule. Having been exposed to all levels of officiating including working NFL training camps, I think his mechanics are poor, his on-field presence is non-existent and he does not inspire confidence with his use of the microphone. There must be something NFL supervision sees in him, but I can’t find it.

  14. Blandino should have got the ax alone for hanging with the Cowboys last year. Very bad for the league. Officials and their bosses are supposed to be impartial. That goes for partying with the team too……

  15. If there were standards, the woman would not be on staff. Are you telling me there are not at least 100 more qualified males out there? She worked 7 years of high school ball (in 8 years as she took a year off) then moved straight into D1 ball, and 5 years later is in the NFL. Where are the standards? That’s right, there are none. It is all in who you know. I guess that’s a main reason we have replay. Political correctness is the bane of this country. Trump for President!

  16. With regards to hiring in the NFl as well as now D1 college, the old axiom is true, PLUS an addition now: “skin or kin, and now gender gets you in.” Don’t believe me? Take a look at the so called qualifications of the 3 woman put on the Big Ten aand MAC supplemental list by Bob Waggoner and Bill Carolla.One has only officiated ONE NCAA game and has TWO pre-season Big Ten games!!! Another only started doing HIGH SCHOOL in 2012!!! NOT KIDDING!

  17. Morelli and members of his crew are responsible for the single worst-officiated game it has been my misfortune to see in 60 years of nfl-fandom: Detroit-Dallas this past January. It was and remains a major blot on the shield.

  18. Just so you know Jon, that game was not as a clear-cut clusterfuck as you think. Matt Stafford could have had Calvin Johnson down the middle on a deep play that could have made whatever else happened on the sideline a complete and total 100% unnecessary exercise that would have been declined by Detroit.

  19. And if a frog had wings…the plays of the game were what they were, not what they could have been, and those plays should have been correctly officiated…

  20. Nice to see Jonah evolving as a referee and getting the call to ref in the NFL. First met him a couple years ago reffing for the Legends Football League.

  21. All these folks are human beings (not perfect you know) but in my near 3 decades of officiating sports I have always admired the NFL officials. have a great and safe season!

  22. why the hell did crap man jones not get ejected on the spot after slamming amari coopers head into his helmet right in front of 3 refs,suspend these three stooges and fine crap man heavy $100,000 works.

  23. To the Supervisor of NFL Officials:: Please watch the Broncos/Browns game on TV from today to see how terrible the officials treated the Broncos!!!! There were 3 times a Bronco Offensive player with the ball was completely out of bounds and hit hard by a Browns Defensive player and no flag was thrown. I think 4 interference plays on Bronco receivers that were very obvious and again no flags thrown. The Broncos were flagged 3 times for “Off Sides” when in actuality the Browns Offensive line made small movements that drew the Broncos Defensive line off so they should have been “False Start” against the Browns but that is not how the officials did it. Bronco QB Payton Manning was hit 2 or3 times after he had passed the ball and no flag was thrown. For some reason the officials were really terrible, looked like since the game was in Cleveland they were making sure that they really took care of the Browns to an almost illegal level. The Broncos barly won had they lost it would have been 100% do to the awful Officiating. You really need to investigate this please and see for yourselves what they did!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for your time,

  24. The two best officials in the NFL are Jim Howey and Rick Patterson. Can you tell I am from South Carolina? Some are blasting Sara Thomas as the first female official in the NFL and my unbiased opinion of her after 7 weeks is that she is doing a good job. She is all business! I didn’t figure out an illegal shift call in New England last night after running the play 5 times but overall she is doing well! She can’t get a playoff game this year as she is a rookie. Folks, the NFL officials are the best in the world. They are not perfect. Just know one thing, they are graded after EVERY game and are dinged for missed calls both made or not made. They are paid well and are always accountable for their actions.

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