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June 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Pac-12 names new coordinator of football officiating

The Pac-12 has just named a new coordinator of football officiating. Here’s the press release from the conference:

The Pac-10 Conference has named Tony Corrente Coordinator of Football Officiating as the league prepares for the inaugural Pac-12 football season, commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Mike Pereira, who served in the role as Coordinator of Football Officiating on an interim basis since February, will remain as a consultant through the 2011-12 season as he continues to implement changes in the officiating program.

“Tony Corrente has extensive experience in both college football and the NFL and has earned the reputation as one of the most respected leaders in officiating,” Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “With numerous NFL postseason assignments in his background, including the Super Bowl, Tony has worked at the very highest levels in the sport. We are very fortunate to have him leading our new football officiating program.”

In restructuring the football officiating program, Pereira initially brought on Corrente as a Referee Supervisor to review and evaluate officials working that position on the field. Corrente will now assume the role as Coordinator of Football Officiating and be responsible for game assignments, best practices and training methods, as well as continuing to evaluate the officials through innovative technology.

“This is a welcomed challenge and I really look forward to working in the new structure of the Pac-12 Conference, and with the quality of officials we have on our staff,” said Corrente. “I credit Mike Pereira for laying the groundwork in restructuring the program, and know our officials will be prepared in positioning the Pac-12 officiating program as a role model program.”

Corrente has served as a Game Official in the National Football League since 1995, and will continue to work as an on-field official. As an NFL Referee, he has worked Super Bowl XLI and as an alternate in Super Bowl XL, as well as numerous AFC and NFC Championship and Playoff games. In addition, he was a History and Sociology instructor, as well as a successful baseball coach at La Mirada High School, La Mirada, Calif., from 1983-2011.

“Tony’s background has prepared him well for this position,” stated Pereira. “He has been a respected NFL Game Official, and as a longtime high school educator and officiating instructor, will command the respect of his peers. With his more than capable leadership, the Pac-12 officiating program will be in good hands.”

The Pac-12 Conference becomes a reality on July 1, 2011 when the University of Colorado and the University of Utah officially become members of the Conference. The 2011 Pac-12 football season gets underway on Thursday, September 1 when Montana State visits Utah.

And in case you had forgotten, the conference confirmed in March that it was making some signficiant personnel changes to its officiating roster for 2011.

(And by the way, as you can see, the conference refers to both Pac-10 and Pac-12 in the release. Assume that’s because this move is for when the conference becomes the Pac-12 this fall but that the conference doesn’t officially become the Pac-12 until July 1, so it’s still using Pac-10 to refer to itself in its current state).

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