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Officiating crews for the 2019 season

The list of the 17 crews and swing officials for the 2019 NFL season.



Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2019 NFL season. This season, there are six new officials to replace four that retired and one that was fired. There are also three veteran officials designated as swing officials, increasing last season’s bench by one. The swing officials will move between crews through the season, and include one umpire, one line-of-scrimmage official, and one deep wing.

There are three new referees this season: Adrian Hill, Scott Novak, and Brad Rogers. They were promoted following the retirement of referees Walt Coleman, Pete Morelli, and John Parry. In past seasons a first-year referee usually would inherit a number of officials from a retiree’s crew, giving some pattern of succession; this is again not the case as all three have mixed crews, similar to the four rookie white hat crews from a season ago. Rogers was elevated after Parry’s retirement, but Hill and Novak were announced simultaneously.

In the past 6 seasons, the NFL has promoted 10 officials to the referee position. 

The NFL has added a third woman to the officiating staff with the hiring of Yvonda Lewis as a replay assistant. Also of note, there are four former NFL players on the officiating roster.

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 and replay assistant are assigned to each crew, and are also listed.

*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season. Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are noted on each crew.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 6   Pembroke State non-profit CEO
U 20 Barry Anderson 13 Cheffers North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 48 Jim Mello 16 * Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 40 Brian Bolinger 3 * Indiana State corporate safety director
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 23 * Hofstra attorney
SJ 82 Jimmy Russell 1 NA Pasco Hernando State insurance agent
BJ 38 Greg Yette 10 Coleman Howard defense contractor


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 24   Texas former college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 71 Ruben Fowler 14 Allen Huston-Tillotson retired firefighter
DJ 68 Tom Stephan 21 * Pittsburg State president and CEO
LJ 18 Byron Boston 25 * Austin tax consultant; Southland Conference officiating coordinator
FJ 27 Lee Dyer 17 * Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager
SJ 15 Rick Patterson 24 * Wofford banker
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 20 Morelli San Jose State sales


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 12   Nebraska attorney
U 44 Jeff Rice 25 Coleman Northwestern attorney
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 18 Coleman Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 100 Tom Symonette 16 Kemp Florida certified public accountant; MEAC and SIAC officiating coordinator
FJ 73 Joe Larrew 18 * St Louis attorney
SJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 11 Torbert South Carolina State insurance agent
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 22 Parry Hope College retired high school administrator


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 16   Morehouse College retired commercial insurance underwriter
U 124 Carl Paganelli 20 Anderson Michigan State retired federal probation officer
DJ 106 Patrick Holt 1 NA North Carolina State IT manager
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 10 * Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 118 David Meslow 9 Martin Augsburg College marketing manager
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 5 * Arkansas engineer
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 20 * California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 20   California-Irvine sales manager
U 131 Mark Pellis 6 Parry Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 113 Danny Short 3 Martin North Carolina-Charlotte executive director, global sales operations
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 18 Morelli Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 72 Michael Banks 18 Parry Illinois State carpenter foreman
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 6 * North Texas federal agent
BJ 96 Matt Edwards 2 Parry Western Michigan healthcare sales


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 25   Cal State-Fullerton former college officiating coordinator, retired educator
U 129 Bill Schuster 20 Boger Alfred insurance broker
DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 12 Blakeman Toledo claims adjuster
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 12 * Nebraska banker
FJ 36 Anthony Jeffries 2 Morelli Alabama-Birmingham medical sales
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 24 Morelli Morgan State director of operations and management
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 11 * Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 29 Adrian Hill 10 Wrolstad Buffalo software engineer
U 81 Roy Ellison 17 Hochuli Savannah State technical staff member
DJ 24 David Oliver 3 Parry Baker information systems manager
LJ 75 Mark Stewart 2 Coleman Pittsburg State vice president, technology
FJ 130 Land Clark 2 Cheffers Sevier Valley Tech chief building official
SJ 5 Jim Quirk 10 Blakeman Middlebury financial advisor
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 18 Cheffers Texas Christian banker


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 6   Claremont financial advisor
U 121 Paul King 11 Wrolstad Nicholls State teacher
DJ 134 Ed Camp 20 * William Paterson physical education teacher
LJ 98 Greg Bradley 11 * Tennessee chemical engineer
FJ 97 Tom Hill 21 * Carson Newman teacher
SJ 95 James Coleman 15 Smith Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 6 * Canisius sales manager


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 18   Idaho State sales representative, retail logistics group
U 76 Alan Eck 4 Corrente Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 16 Kevin Codey 5 * Western New England middle school physical education teacher
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 16 Wrolstad Nicholls State former full-time official
FJ 56 Allen Baynes 12 * Auburn realtor
SJ 26 Jabir Walker 5 Coleman Murray State teacher
BJ 88 Brad Freeman 6 Martin Mississippi State sports park director


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 6   Central Michigan insurance agent
U 49 Rich Hall 16 * Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 63 Mike Carr 3 Boger Wisconsin athletic director
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 28 * Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 117 John Jenkins 6 * St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 104 Dale Shaw 7 Boger Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 19 * Mississippi State custom home builder; former NFL player


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 19 Clay Martin 5   Oklahoma Baptist high school basketball coach
U 11 Fred Bryan 11 * Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 4 Wrolstad Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 108 Gary Arthur 23 Cheffers Wright State president, commercial printing company
FJ 42 Nate Jones 1 NA Rutgers firefighter/EMT; former NFL player
SJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 18 Coleman SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 12 * USC law enforcement


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 1 Scott Novak 6 Allen Phoenix sales manager
U 128 Ramon George 4 Blakeman Lenoir-Rhyne vice president, operations
DJ 74 Derick Bowers 17 Hussey East Central sales representative
LJ 65 Walt Coleman IV 5 Blakeman Southern Methodist financial advisor
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 18 (swing) Oklahoma State energy trader
SJ 125 Chad Hill 2 Hochuli Mississippi medical sales
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 12 Allen Arizona State quality control manager


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 126 Brad Rogers 3 Smith Lubbock Christian college professor
U 115 Tony Michalek 18 Hussey Indiana communications specialist
DJ 79 Kent Payne 16 Martin Nebraska Wesleyan teacher
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 11 Parry Grambling State project leader
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 5 Kemp Southern Oregon middle school principal
SJ 58 Don Willard 2 Hussey Illinois State medical sales
BJ 12 Greg Steed 17 Hussey Howard computer systems analyst


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 14 Shawn Smith 5   Ferris State internal auditor
U 92 Bryan Neale 6 * Indiana sales consultant
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 23 * Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 2 Bart Longson 5 * Brigham Young co-founder and CEO, digital finance company
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 13 Blakeman Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
SJ 107 Dave Hawkshaw 1 NA Justice Institute of B.C. firefighter
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 14 * Aquinas College educator


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 10   Michigan State attorney
U 77 Terry Killens 1 NA Penn State campus security specialist; former NFL player
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 5 * Mobile sales representative
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 26 * Akron vice president
FJ 25 Ryan Dickson 3 Corrente Utah commercial real estate developer
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 21 * Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 67 Tony Josselyn 2 * Eastern Kentucky probation officer


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 14   San Diego certified public accountant
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 14 * Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 110 Phil McKinnely 18 * UCLA inventory control; former NFL player
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 19 * Salem teacher
FJ 31 Mearl Robinson 3 * Air Force instructor
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 17 * Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 6 * Jacksonville State owner, supply company


      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 17   Washington athletic director
U 54 Steve Woods 3 Morelli Wabash financial advisor
DJ 13 Patrick Turner 6 Corrente Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 37 Tripp Sutter 1 NA Nebraska biopharmaceutical rep
FJ 43 Terry Brown 14 Anderson Tennessee probation supervisor
SJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 18 * Texas A&M attorney
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 17 * Iowa sales, printing and promotions

Swing officials

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

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
U 64 Dan Ferrell 17 Torbert Cal State-Fullerton director, parts logistics
DJ 90 Mike Spanier 21 (swing)† St Cloud State middle school principal
SJ 7 Keith Washington 12 Corrente Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
  • Position change: Spanier (officially LJ→DJ, but can work either position as a swing official)
  • †2018 crew: As a swing official, Spanier only worked on Vinovich’s and Cheffers’ crews.


Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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