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Officiating crews for the 2020 season

Note from the editor:

No doubt this is a season unlike any other. The crews as originally assigned are below, but the officiating department will not be using these crews. Although there is no confirmed answer as to how this is proceeding, the league appears to be individually assigning officials to games, while keeping some clusters of geographically close officials together. The concept of a crew will not be the same in the 2020 season. As the season begins, a more clearer picture of the league’s intentions may take form, but as a few sources have said to us, it appears that the league is constantly revising the procedure.

The original post appears below.

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2020 NFL season. This season, there are six new officials to replace nine that left the field. Notably, for the first time since the 2014 season, there will be no swing officials on the staff this year.

Field judge Land Clark was promoted to the referee position following the on-field retirement of referee Walt Anderson, who is now a part of the triumvirate in charge at Art McNally Gameday Central. In the past 7 seasons, the NFL has promoted 11 officials to the referee position.

The NFL has added a fourth woman to the officiating crews with the hiring of Denise Crudup as a replay assistant. Three other women will serve as replay assistants at Art McNally Gameday Central in New York during the season. These new centralized replay assistants were all hired from NCAA Division II conferences. Also of note, there are three former NFL players on the officiating roster: back judge Steve Freeman, field judge Nate Jones, and umpire Terry Killens.

Senior staff

  • Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating — centralized replay representative
  • Perry Fewell, senior vice president of officiating administration
  • Walt Anderson, senior vice president of officiating training and development
  • Russell Yurk, vice president of instant replay — centralized replay representative
  • Bret Ayers, director of video technology

Regional officiating coordinators

  • Garth DeFelice
  • Bill Leavy
  • Wayne Mackie
  • Doug Rosenbaum
  • Gary Slaughter
  • Rob Vernatchi

Centralized replay assistants

  • Desiree Abrams
  • Sebrina Brunson
  • Artenzia Young-Seigler


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 2019 crew College Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 7 Pembroke State non-profit CEO
U 20 Barry Anderson 14 * North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 48 Jim Mello 17 * Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 123 Mike Dolce 1 NA Grand Valley State wealth management advisor
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 25 Anderson Wofford banker
SJ 82 Jimmy Russell 2 * Pasco Hernando State insurance agent
BJ 38 Greg Yette 11 * Howard defense contractor
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 13 Nebraska attorney
U 110 Tab Slaughter 1 NA Arkansas State chief operating officer
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 19 * Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 12 Rogers Grambling State software quality assurance tester
FJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 19 Martin SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
SJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 12 * South Carolina State food service director
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 23 * Hope College retired high school administrator
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 17 Morehouse College retired commercial insurance underwriter
U 124 Carl Paganelli 21 * Michigan State retired federal probation officer
DJ 106 Patrick Holt 2 * North Carolina State IT manager
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 11 * Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 57 Joe Blubaugh 1 NA Pittsburg State regional sales manager
SJ 125 Chad Hill 3 Novak Mississippi medical sales
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 21 * California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 21 California-Irvine sales manager
U 131 Mark Pellis 7 * Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 113 Danny Short 4 * North Carolina-Charlotte executive director, global sales operations
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 19 * Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 42 Nate Jones 2 Martin Rutgers firefighter/EMT; former NFL player
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 7 * North Texas federal agent
BJ 96 Matt Edwards 3 * Western Michigan healthcare sales
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 130 Land Clark 3 Hill Sevier Valley Tech chief building official
U 121 Paul King 12 Hochuli Nichols College teacher
DJ 68 Tom Stephan 22 Anderson Pittsburg State retired business broker
LJ 40 Brian Bolinger 4 Allen Indiana State corporate safety director
FJ 72 Michael Banks 19 Cheffers Illinois State carpenter foreman
SJ 7 Keith Washington 13 (swing) Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 19 Hill Texas Christian banker
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 26 Cal State-Fullerton former college officiating coordinator, retired educator
U 64 Dan Ferrell 18 (swing) Cal State-Fullerton retired logistics and supply chain executive
DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 13 * Toledo claims adjuster
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 13 * Nebraska business performance consultant
FJ 33 Tra Blake 1 NA Central Florida software quality assurance manager
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 25 * Morgan State retired
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 12 * Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 29 Adrian Hill 11 Buffalo aerospace software engineer
U 81 Roy Ellison 18 * Savannah State IT engineer
DJ 24 David Oliver 4 * Baker information systems manager
LJ 75 Mark Stewart 3 * Pittsburg State rancher
FJ 36 Anthony Jeffries 3 Corrente Alabama-Birmingham medical sales
SJ 5 Jim Quirk 11 * Middlebury financial advisor
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 21 Anderson San Jose State sales
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 7 Claremont financial advisor
U 71 Ruben Fowler 15 Anderson Hutson-Tillotson retired firefighter
DJ 134 Ed Camp 21 * William Paterson physical education teacher
LJ 98 Greg Bradley 12 * Tennessee chemical engineer
FJ 97 Tom Hill 22 * Carson Newman retired teacher/coach
SJ 95 James Coleman 16 * Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 7 * Canisius sales manager
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 19 Idaho State sales representative
U 76 Alan Eck 5 * Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 6 Torbert Mobile sales representative
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 17 * Nicholls State retired sales manager, former full-time official
FJ 26 Jabir Walker 6 * Murray State middle school teacher
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 13 * Auburn realtor
BJ 88 Brad Freeman 7 * Mississippi State sports park director
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 7 Central Michigan insurance agent
U 49 Rich Hall 17 * Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 63 Mike Carr 4 * Wisconsin athletic director
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 29 * Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 117 John Jenkins 7 * St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 104 Dale Shaw 8 * Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 20 * Mississippi State custom home builder; former NFL player
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 19 Clay Martin 6 Oklahoma Baptist high school administrator
U 11 Fred Bryan 12 * Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 5 * Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 108 Gary Arthur 24 * Wright State president, commercial printing company
FJ 118 David Meslow 10 Boger Augsburg College sales executive
SJ 18 Clay Reynard 1 NA California-Davis customer service representative
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 13 * USC retired police officer
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 1 Scott Novak 7 Phoenix sales manager
U 128 Ramon George 5 * Lenoir-Rhyne financial underwriter
DJ 74 Derick Bowers 18 * East Central sales representative
LJ 65 Walt Coleman IV 6 * Southern Methodist portfolio manager
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 19 * Oklahoma State oil and gas business
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 6 Boger Arkansas engineer
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 13 * Arizona State quality control manager
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 126 Brad Rogers 4 Lubbock Christian college professor
U 115 Tony Michalek 19 * Indiana chief executive officer
DJ 79 Kent Payne 17 * Nebraska Wesleyan agribusinessman
LJ 100 Tom Symonette 17 Blakeman Florida certified public accountant, SIAC officiating coordinator
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 6 * Southern Oregon middle school principal
SJ 58 Don Willard 3 * Illinois State physical therapist
BJ 12 Greg Steed 18 * Howard computer systems analyst
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 14 Shawn Smith 6 Ferris State finance
U 92 Bryan Neale 7 * Indiana sales consultant
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 24 * Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 2 Bart Longson 6 * Brigham Young finance
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 14 * Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
SJ 107 Dave Hawkshaw 2 * Justice Institute of B.C. firefighter
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 15 * Aquinas College educator
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 11 Michigan State attorney
U 77 Terry Killens 2 * Penn State campus security specialist; former NFL player
DJ 16 Kevin Codey 6 Hussey Western New England middle school physical education teacher
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 27 * Akron vice president
FJ 25 Ryan Dickson 4 * Utah commercial real estate developer
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 22 * Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 67 Tony Josselyn 3 * Eastern Kentucky probation officer
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 15 San Diego certified public accountant
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 15 * Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 44 Frank LeBlanc 1 NA Lamar Institute of Tech. neighborhood services manager
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 20 * Salem teacher
FJ 31 Mearl Robinson 4 * Air Force retired U.S. Air Force instructor
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 18 * Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 7 * Jacksonville State owner, supply company
Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 18 Washington athletic director
U 54 Steve Woods 4 * Wabash financial advisor
DJ 13 Patrick Turner 7 * Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 37 Tripp Sutter 2 * Nebraska biopharmaceutical rep
FJ 43 Terry Brown 15 * Tennessee court supervisor
SJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 19 * Texas A&M attorney
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 18 * Iowa sales, printing and promotions
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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a senior at the University of New Haven, majoring in forensic science. He has been involved in football officiating for eight years and currently works as a flag football official in college. This is his fifth season covering NFL officiating for Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs.

10 thoughts on “Officiating crews for the 2020 season

  1. What happened to DJ phil McKinney, FJ Steve Zimmer and FJ Lee Dyer and U Bill Schuster

  2. I find some of these day jobs interesting.
    Federal Agent
    Customer Home Builder and Ex-NFL player
    Custom Cabinetry
    Sports Park Director

    And my favorite:

  3. No mention of Mike Defee on the senior staff. Did he decline the position you previously reported on?

  4. He’s on the staff as a position coach. We don’t have the names of all the position coaches, nor do we completely understand their role in grading, etc. Previously, we have left the old-school trainers and observers off this list.

  5. Fire Jerome boger and promote U Barry Anderson or U Alan Eck to referee or FJ Tra blake to referee or U and put steve Zimmer on a crew and Bring back Umpire Bill Schuster and being back FJ lee dyer and DJ phil mckinney

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