History of the Central Officials Association

The C.O.A. is a not-for-profit organization which trains and instructs football and basketball officials and interprets the rules of both sports in an effort to make such interpretations uniform. Our primary objective is to promote and encourage the avocation of sports officiating.

The Central Officials Association is one of the oldest and largest officiating groups in not only the State of Illinois but also the United States.  The association was incorporated in 1929 and consists of two divisions; Basketball and Football.  Today there are more than 425 active officials in the organization working all levels of each sport, from grammar school to NCAA Division I.  There are also many professional officials in both football and basketball who began their careers as members of the Central Official Association.

Hall of Fame

This year we had planned to welcome Dan Capron to the COA Hall of Fame.

We will look forward to honoring him in 2021.

Ellie Hasan Award

This year we had planned to honor Bill Hellmer with our 2020 Ellie Hasan award and Ms. Pat McGovern (from St. Ignatius) with our Administrator award.

 We will look forward to honoring them in 2021.

Board of Director

Mike Luzzi

President

Current Term Expires 10/2023
BB Member

John Washo

Vice President

Current Term Expires 10/2021
BB Member

John Scanlon

Secretary

Current Term Expires 10/2021
FB & BB Member

Tim Owens

Treasurer

Current Term Expires 10/2023
FB Member

Steve Honacki

At Large

Current Term Expires 10/2022
FB & BB Member

Jim Sullivan

At Large

Current TermExpires 10/2022
FB & BB Member

Jim Sheridan

At Large

Current Term Expires 10/2021
BB Member

Jim Swider

At Large

Current Term Expires 10/2023
FB  Member

Dave Wetzel

At Large

Current Term Expires 10/2022
FB Member

A Very Special Thanks To All Of Our Advisory Board Members!

Ray Doran
Jerry Gibbons
Jim Keogh
Gil Marchman
Jerry Markbreit
Chuck McNellis
Ruben Norris
Tom Quinn
Ben Reilly
Don Strasser
Jack Tumpane
Verl Sell