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Officiating crews for the 2018 season

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2018 NFL season.



Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2018 NFL season. This season, there are seven new officials to replace officials that retired. There are two veteran officials designated as swing officials, decreasing last season’s record-level bench. The swing officials will move between crews through the season, and include one line-of-scrimmage official and one deep wing.

There are four new “white hats” this season: Shawn Hochuli, Alex Kemp, Shawn Smith, and Clay Martin. They were promoted following the retirement of referees Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette, Terry McAulay, and Gene Steratore. Shawn Hochuli is the son of Ed, and Kemp is the son of late referee Stan Kemp. Usually a first-year referee will inherit a number of officials from a retiree’s crew, giving some pattern of succession; this is not the case this year as all four have mixed crews. Both lists of names are ordered to match the successors and predecessors, based on the sequence of promotions and the fact that Shawn Hochuli’s promotion was predicated on his father’s retirement.

This is the first time since the 1960 inaugural American Football League season there were this many officials in their first year at the referee position. In the past 5 seasons, the NFL has promoted 8 officials to the referee position. 

Senior staff

  • Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating, centralized replay representative
  • Wayne Mackie, vice president of officiating evaluation and development, centralized replay representative
  • Russell Yurk, vice president of instant replay and administration, centralized replay representative
  • Garth DeFelice, regional supervisor of officials
  • Bill Leavy, regional supervisor of officials
  • Doug Rosenbaum, regional supervisor of officials
  • Gary Slaughter, regional supervisor of officials
  • Rob Vernatchi, regional supervisor of officials


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, and the replay assistant position is now crew-based once again, after having it locally assigned the past 2 seasons. 

*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season. †indicates a full-time official, who may also have outside employment. Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are noted on each crew.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 5   Pembroke State non-profit CEO†
U 71 Ruben Fowler 13 Triplette Huston-Tillotson retired firefighter
DJ 48 Jim Mello 15 * Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 40 Brian Bolinger 2 * Indiana State corporate safety director
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 22 Wrolstad Hofstra attorney
SJ 1 Scott Novak 5 Coleman Phoenix sales manager†
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 11 Coleman Arizona State quality control manager†


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 23   Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist†
U 124 Carl Paganelli 19 * Michigan State retired federal probation officer†
DJ 68 Tom Stephan 20 (swing) Pittsburg State president and CEO
LJ 18 Byron Boston 24 * Austin tax consultant
FJ 43 Terry Brown 13 Triplette Tennessee probation supervisor
SJ 15 Rick Patterson 23 (swing) Wofford banker
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 16 Wrolstad Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 11   Nebraska attorney
U 128 Ramon George 3 * Lenoir-Rhyne vice president, operations
DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 11 * Toledo claims adjuster
LJ 87 Walt Coleman IV 4 Boger Southern Methodist financial advisor
FJ 73 Joe Larrew 17 * St Louis attorney
SJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 12 * Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
BJ 5 Jim Quirk 9 Cheffers Middlebury financial advisor


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 15   Morehouse College retired commercial insurance underwriter†
U 129 Bill Schuster 19 (swing) Alfred insurance broker†
DJ 63 Mike Carr 2 * Wisconsin athletic director
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 9 Hochuli,Ed Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services†
FJ 104 Dale Shaw 6 Hochuli,Ed Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 4 McAulay Arkansas systems engineer†
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 19 * California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 19   California-Irvine sales manager
U 20 Barry Anderson 12 Wrolstad North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 94 Hugo Cruz‡ 4 Blakeman Texas-Pan American investment manager
LJ 108 Gary Arthur 22 Steratore Wright State president, commercial printing company
FJ 130 Land Clark 1 NA Sevier Valley Tech chief building official
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 5 Boger North Texas federal agent
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 17 Vinovich Texas Christian banker†


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 65 Walt Coleman 30   Arkansas manager dairy processor
U 44 Jeff Rice 24 * Northwestern attorney
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 17 McAulay Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 75 Mark Stewart 1 NA Pittsburg State vice president, technology
FJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 17 Triplette SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
SJ 26 Jabir Walker 4 Allen Murray State math teacher, former CFL and Arena League player
BJ 38 Greg Yette 9 Torbert Howard defense contractor
  • Replay official: Darryll Lewis
  • Replay assistant: Saleem Choudhry


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 24   Cal State-Fullerton retired educator
U 76 Alan Eck 3 * Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 13 Patrick Turner 5 * Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 11 Morelli Nebraska banker
FJ 7 Keith Washington 11 Parry Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
SJ 25 Ryan Dickson 2 * Utah commercial real estate developer
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 10 * Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 5 Allen Claremont financial advisor
U 81 Roy Ellison 16 Steratore Savannah State technical staff member†
DJ 134 Ed Camp 19 Boger William Paterson physical education teacher†
LJ 98 Greg Bradley 10 Hochuli,Ed Tennessee chemical engineer
FJ 97 Tom Hill 20 Allen Carson Newman teacher†
SJ 125 Chad Hill 1 NA Mississippi medical sales
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 5 McAulay Canisius sales manager


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 17   Idaho State sales representative, retail logistics group
U 115 Tony Michalek 17 * Indiana communications specialist, USA Football officiating director†
DJ 16 Kevin Codey 4 Coleman Western New England middle school physical education teacher
LJ 74 Derick Bowers 16 Coleman East Central sales representative
FJ 58 Don Willard 1 NA Illinois State medical sales
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 11 * Auburn realtor
BJ 12 Greg Steed 16 Morelli Howard computer systems analyst†


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 5 Hochuli,Ed Central Michigan insurance agent
U 49 Rich Hall 15 Boger Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 100 Tom Symonette 15 Cheffers Florida certified public accountant
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 27 Triplette Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services†
FJ 117 John Jenkins 5 Anderson St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 50 Aaron Santi 4 Torbert Southern Oregon middle school principal
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 18 Triplette Mississippi State custom home builder, former NFL player†


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 19 Clay Martin 4 Cheffers Oklahoma Baptist high school basketball coach
U 11 Fred Bryan 10 Allen Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility†
DJ 113 Danny Short 2 Triplette North Carolina-Charlotte executive director, global sales operations
LJ 79 Kent Payne 15 Cheffers Nebraska Wesleyan teacher
FJ 118 David Meslow 8 Parry Augsburg College marketing manager
SJ 88 Brad Freeman 5 Cheffers Mississippi State sports park director†
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 11 Anderson USC law enforcement


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 135 Pete Morelli 22   St. Mary’s retired high school principal†
U 54 Steve Woods 2 McAulay Wabash financial advisor
DJ 22 Steve Stelljes 17 * Friends business planning manager
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 17 Parry Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 36 Anthony Jeffries 1 NA Alabama-Birmingham medical sales
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 23 * Morgan State director of operations and management†
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 19 Hussey San Jose State sales
  • Replay official: Brian Matoren
  • Replay assistant: Matt Sumstine


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 132 John Parry 19   Purdue financial advisor†
U 131 Mark Pellis 5 * Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 24 David Oliver 2 Steratore Baker information systems manager
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 10 Wrolstad Grambling State project leader†
FJ 96 Matt Edwards 1 NA Western Michigan healthcare sales
SJ 72 Michael Banks 17 McAulay Illinois State carpenter foreman
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 21 * Hope College retired high school administrator


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 14 Shawn Smith 4 Hochuli,Ed Ferris State internal auditor
U 92 Bryan Neale 5 Morelli Indiana sales consultant
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 22 Wrolstad Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 2 Bart Longson 4 Corrente Brigham Young co-founder and CEO, digital finance company
FJ 126 Brad Rogers 2 Morelli Lubbock Christian college professor
SJ 95 James Coleman 14 Coleman Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 13 Steratore Aquinas College educator
  • Replay official: Mike Wimmer
  • Replay assistant: Bill Ellis
  • Position change: Smith (U→R)


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 9   Michigan State attorney
U 64 Dan Ferrell 16 (swing) Cal State-Fullerton director, parts logistics
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 4 * Mobile pharmaceutical sales representative
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 25 * Akron vice-president†
FJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 10 Hussey South Carolina State insurance agent
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 20 * Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 67 Tony Josselyn 1 NA Eastern Kentucky probation officer
  • Replay official: Earnie Frantz
  • Replay assistant: Terry Sullivan


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 13   San Diego accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 13 * Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 110 Phil McKinnely‡ 17 Vinovich UCLA inventory control, former NFL player
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 18 * Salem teacher†
FJ 31 Mearl Robinson 2 Cheffers Air Force instructor
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 16 * Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 5 Blakeman Jacksonville State owner, supply company
  • Replay official: Mark Butterworth
  • Replay assistant: Alton James
  • ‡Substitution: Spanier (swing official) replaced McKinnley (undisclosed reason) during preseason and through Week 6 of the regular season.


      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 16   Washington athletic director
U 121 Paul King 10 Torbert Nicholls State school teacher
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 3 Anderson Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 15 McAulay Nicholls State full-time official
FJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 17 * Texas A&M attorney
SJ 29 Adrian Hill 9 Steratore Buffalo software engineer
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 16 Hochuli,Ed Iowa sales, printing and promotions

Swing officials

Note: Swing officials can be assigned to work the opposite wing position.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
LJ 90 Mike Spanier‡ 20 Parry St Cloud State middle school principal
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 17 Steratore Oklahoma State energy trader
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