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John McDaid leaves the field to be SEC officiating boss

John McDaid is the new SEC coordinator of football officials.



The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced today that long-time referee John McDaid will leave the field and become the new coordinator of football officials for the SEC and Sun Belt Conference.

McDaid replaces Steve Shaw, who left the SEC to become college football’s national coordinator.

In a news release, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey praised McDaid’s qualifications.

John is widely recognized as one of the finest football officials in the nation and we are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and ability serving in this important leadership position for our conference. His educational background, successful officiating career and extensive management experience with Microsoft have prepared him to successfully guide the SEC’s football officiating program into the future.

McDaid joined the SEC since 2015. Before joining the SEC, McDaid was a referee in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and before that, in the Big East Conference.

He has been a major college football official (back judge and referee) since 2001, working 16 bowl games, including the 2010 National Championship game, four New Years Six bowl games and the 2017 SEC Championship Game.

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"