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Steve Shaw Named National Coordinator of Officials

Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw, a highly respected football officiating and rules expert, has been selected to be college football’s next national coordinator of officials. Shaw, who currently serves the Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference as coordinator of officials, will assume the national role in March 2020.

“Steve stands out as a leader in college football officiating. His care for the sport and how it is played will be critical moving forward,” said Jon Steinbrecher, chair of the College Football Officiating board of managers and commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “I’m confident that Steve will move the national officiating program forward and continue to improve our game.”

Shaw also serves as the secretary-rules editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, a position critical to the development of competition rules and policies. Shaw replaces Rogers Redding, who announced his retirement in October after nine years as national coordinator.

“I am delighted and humbled to be named the national coordinator of officials and to have the opportunity to serve the sport of college football in an expanded role,” said Shaw. “I look forward to building on the foundation established by Rogers Redding in this position and to the challenges ahead in continuing to enhance officiating performance while we work to develop trust in the overall program.  I am grateful for my experience in the Southeastern Conference, both on the field as an active official and as coordinator of officials, and thankful for the relationships I developed in the SEC and Sun Belt.”

Named SEC coordinator of officials in 2011, Shaw added the Sun Belt coordinator role in 2014, leading a joint program between the two conferences.

“The SEC has benefited from Steve’s outstanding work as a football official and, for the last nine years, as the conference’s coordinator of football officiating,” said Greg Sankey, commissioner of the SEC. “His leadership, integrity, dedication and passion have made us better and make him the ideal person to serve as the national coordinator of football officials. Through Steve’s work, the process for officiating football has been modernized through cutting-edge communication technology, implementation of instant replay and use of video for analysis and instruction. We are grateful for Steve’s lengthy service to the SEC and are confident he will provide outstanding leadership to college football in the years ahead.”

Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill said, “We are grateful to Steve for his hard work and dedication in developing our Sun Belt football officiating program to be one of the best in college football. Steve’s passion for the game is unquestioned, and we look forward to continuing to support our shared vision to enhance football officiating on the national level.”

Shaw excelled as a head referee for 15 years in the Southeastern Conference, earning 14 postseason assignments, including two national championship games. Since moving into his role as coordinator of officials, Shaw has been a leader in revamping the sport’s officiating mechanics and advancing the use of technology to assist officials.