Sports Officiating is a great way to get involved at UCF. UCF prides itself on having one of the preeminent sports officiating development programs in the country and we're always looking for motivated students with a passion for sports to join our team. Please read the information below to see some of the past accomplishments of our IM Sports Officials.
Why Officiate Sports?
Because without officials, there wouldn't be Intramurals. Officials are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the game and keeping Intramural games safe and organized. UCF's Intramural Sports program prides itself on training and educating sports officials at a very high level. Many current and former UCF students have had tremendous success as sports officials.
During the 2017-18 school year, UCF's intramural officials continued to have success on the regional, national, collegiate and professional levels. Seven total officials were selected to officiate in National Tournaments this past year.
Our officiating success dates back decades but our first All-American official is our very own Associate Director, Gary Cahen who was an All-American Flag Football Official in 2001. Since then, the University of Central Florida has had 21 All-American Flag Football Officials. Four intramural sports officials were selected to officiate at the national tournament in January 2018 (Nuri Troy, Bart Belderbos, Charles Vasquez and Kyle Pianowski).
Three of our intramural officials that were selected to officiate in the NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Tournament hosted at Ohio State University in April 2018 (Matt McGuier, Lorenzo Fernandez and Samantha Thompson). Matt was selected as All-American official making him one of the top nine intramural basketball officials in the entire country. UCF has had 19 total All-American basketball officials since 2004.
UCF past and present officials also saw success outside of Intramural Sports.
Former Intramural Sports Official Ray Acosta was hired to officiate in the NBA.
Former Intramural Sports Supervisor Vladimir Voyard-Tadal was selected to officiate the Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year.
Former Intramural Sports Supervisor Leanne Surmin was recently hired to officials Division 1 NCAA Football.
Former Intramural Sports Official Tom Eaton completed his second season of the NFL Referee Development Program.
Former Graduate Assistant Brent Haskill was hired to officiate in the NBA’s G-League.
IM Supervisors Lorenzo Fernandez, Matt McGuier and Samantha Thompson were all selected to work high school playoff games this season with Samantha working a state semi-final game.
Coordinator Heather Marshall was hired to officiate college basketball and officiated state high school finals and semi-finals.
Former Intramural Sports Supervisors Robert Hussey, Dannica Mosher and Brandon Schwab just completed their first and second years in the NBA’s G-league and Brandon working some games as the crew chief.
Former Intramural Sports Graduate Assistant John Conley worked the NBA’s G-League playoffs.
Former Student Officials Currently Working for the NBA:
NBA: Brent Barnaky & Ray Acosta
NBA G-League: Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, John Conley, Brandon Schwab, Nelson Santiago, Robert Hussey, Dannica Mosher, Josh Wilson and Brent Haskill
Intramural Sports hires sports officials year-round to referee our 8 team sports. Basketball and 7 on 7 Flag Football are the first (and biggest) sports of the fall, and most officials aspiring to work any sport should begin with these two sports. The Fall concludes with Baseball, Soccer, and Volleyball. Spring sports include Softball, Floor Hockey, Dodgeball, and 4-on-4 Flag Football. Sports officiating is a great way to get involved in both our program and UCF. Over 20,000 UCF students participate in Intramurals, with affiliations ranging from clubs and organizations, greeks, and residence halls. Nowhere on campus does a UCF student have a unique opportunity to interact with so many different students!
No experience is necessary, we will train officials for each sport through rules and field clinics. All that's required is a general understanding of sports and a desire to learn. We take great pride in our student officials, and encourage people to become an official who are committed to put forth a lot of effort into learning each sport and developing themselves not only as an official, but enhancing their skills in communication, leadership, and confidence.
Hours are flexible, as many officials work between 10 and 20+ hours per week. Intramural Sports are played each weekday after 4pm sometimes with games lasting until midnight, and on the weekends as well. Officials start at $8.25 an hour. Opportunities are also available with the UCF Officials Association to earn additional money working youth, community, and adult leagues at upwards of $20-25 a game.
Many Current and Former UCF Intramural Sports officials are working High School Basketball, Baseball, and Football. Others are working at the JUCO, NAIA, and NCAA Division I and II level in Basketball. UCF Officials have also gone on to work at the Professional ranks, in Basketball and Baseball. Whatever you aspire to do, whether it is to have some fun and work a part time job or to make a lifetime commitment to give back to the games you love; here is the way to start.