NFOA Awards

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Each year, the National Federation Officials Association (NFOA) recognizes officials throughout the country as a part of their awards program. Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Active Officials Award
  • National Official Contributor
  • NFHS Citation (Official)

Awarded to active high school officials for recent, significant achievement in their sport. Recipients must be NFOA members and exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character and be endorsed by their respective state high school associations. These awards are presented at the state, sectional, and national levels.


1988     Harve Johnston, Mitchell
1989     Duane Donat, Aberdeen
Boys Basketball
1990    Dale Weber, Salem
1991    Bill Kohn, Lemmon
1992    Gary Reed, Sioux Falls
1993    Mike Redmond, Brookings
1994    Vern Pfeifer, Aberdeen
1995    Al Sime, Britton
1996    Bob Krietlow, Stickney
1997    Jim Johnston, Mitchell
1998    Jim Aberle, Lead
1999    Dave Dolan, Rapid City
2000    Clyde Hagen, Sioux Falls
2001    Gene Struck, Montrose
2002    Sherman Culter, Claremont
2003    Juel Burnette, Brandon
2004    Dave Tate, Pierre
2005    Duane Fiala, Sioux Falls
2006    Pete Entringer, Colman
2007    David A. Burnett, Philip
2008    Rick Brommer, Sioux Falls
2009    Keith Kusler, Aberdeen
2010    Lee Johnson, Wessington Springs
2011    Mark Naugle, Hill City
2012    Jeff DesLauriers, Sioux Falls
2013    Jim Ricketts, Jr., Sioux Falls
2014    Fran Ruesink, Dell Rapids
2015    Mike Mudder, Tyndall

Competitive Spirit
2008    Sue Cronkhite, Sioux Falls
2009    Julie McFarland, Rapid City
2010    Carrie Wieman, Madison
2011    Jasper DesLauriers, Pierre
2012    Jessica Pickett, Colman
2013    Tammy Griffith, Aberdeen
2014    Bobby Fossum, Aberdeen
2015    Kelsey Freidel Nelson, Sioux Falls
Girls Basketball
1990    Gary Frankenstein, Howard
1991    Dave Stevens, Sioux Falls
1992    Rowan Doorn, Lennox
1993    Ron Eastmo, Deadwood
1994    Michelle Schirado, Sioux Falls     
1995    Bob Malloy, Parkston
1996    Luke Yellow Robe, Rapid City
1997    Mike Begeman, Sioux Falls
1998    Gillas Stern, Freeman
1999    Mary Kapitan, Yankton
2000    Larry Stevens, Rapid City
2001    Burnell Glanzer, Armour
2002    John Bjorkman, Lake Norden
2003    Jeff Sylliaasen, Garretson
2004    Brian Ryken, Gayville
2005    Jo Auch, Menno
2006    Dale Tjarks, Flandreau
2007    Tom McGough, Miller
2008    Darin Berg, Sioux Falls
2009    Brad Kuhnert, Sioux Falls
2010    Dave Beranek, Sioux Falls
2011    Terry Nebelsick, Huron
2012    Daniel Sudbeck, Dimock
2013    Jim Haskamp, Alexandria
2014    Moe Ruesink, Volga
2015    Landon Arnold, McIntosh
1988    Howard Connors, Vermillion
1989    Verlyn Stotz, Huron
1990    Ethan Hanks, Rapid City
1991    Jim Ricketts, Sioux Falls
1992    Don Anderson, Yankton
1993    John Burchill, Pierre
1994    Orrin Anderson, Sioux Falls
1995    Curt Ehresmann, Watertown
1996    Rod Bean, Belle Fourche
1997    Clyde Gross, Huron
1998    Duane Hansen, Sioux Falls
1999    Scott Fiedler, Sioux Falls
2000    Gary Harrington, Huron
2001    Buck Timmins, Mitchell
2002    Jim Phillips, Deadwood
2003    Scott Healy, Aberdeen
2004    Terry Weaver, Watertown
2005    Randy Kludt, Winner
2006    Dana Nelson, Yankton
2007    Jim Ricketts, Sioux Falls
2008    Stan Evans, Rapid City
2009    Randy Oldenkamp, Mitchell
2010    Brian Weber, Bridgewater
2011    Steve Kreir, Sioux Falls
2012    Fred Obermeier, Clark
2013    Jerry Beers, Brookings
2014    Todd Landsman, Sioux Falls
2015    Keith Matthiesen, Hartford

1990    Lucy Lindskov, Sioux Falls
1991    Joanne Runge, Hartford
1992    Betty Luther, Sioux Falls
1993    Marge Evjen, Sturgis
1994    Roberta Schumacher, Aberdeen
1995    Mary Lee, Brandon
1996    Harriett Wendt, Sioux Falls
1997    Linda Dohrer, Sioux Falls
1998    Ellen Steever, Lennox
1999    Sue Hamre, Sioux Falls
2000    Lynneta Fisher, Sisseton
2001    Rose Pearce, Rapid City
2002    Kay Rose, Sioux Falls
2003    Cheryl Allen, Rapid City
2004    Jeni Appelwick, Madison
2005    Julie King, Wolsey
2006    Kelly Hanson, Groton
2007    Pamela Arneson, Rapid City
2008    Melanie Carpenter, Sioux Falls
2009    Bill Allen, Rapid City
2010    Lisa Schroeder, Alexandria
2011    Jenny Christian, Brandon
2012    Kelly Helms, Aberdeen
2013    Shavonne Mitchell, Pierre
2014    Carrie Wieman, Madison
2015    Michelle Johnson, Aberdeen
Track & Field    
1988    Arnie Bauer, Sioux Falls
1989    Don Reshetar, Aberdeen
1990    Clark Swisher, Aberdeen
1991    E.L. "Red" Thomas, Rapid City
1992    Rich Hanson, Sioux Falls
1993    Dean Mann, Sioux Falls
1994    Mike West, Philip
1995    Steve Charron, Huron
1996    Richard Rockafellow, Geddes
1997    Floyd Farrand, Sioux Falls
1998    George Kjellsen, Sisseton
1999    Dan Barker, Madison
2000    Vern Schlekeway, Sioux Falls
2001    Virgil “Coke” Newman, Volga
2002    Bob Malloy, Parkston
2003    Russ Weller, Yankton
2004    Jim Tays, Hot Springs
2005    Keith McVay, Marion
2006    Gene Gillen, Hermosa
2007    Tim Casper, Lake Preston
2008    Keith Stirling, Lake Andes
2009    Gale Patterson, Wall
2010    Bob Holloway, Rapid City
2011    Dwight Clough, Scotland
2012    Brad Tucker, Rapid City
2013    Mark Mebius, Wessington Springs
2014    Bernie Schuurmans, Madison
2015    Terry Bong, Sioux Falls

2014    Tom Hilsendeger, Bath
2015    Guy McNeely, Yankton

1990    Peggy Kessler, Valley Springs
1991    Jana Carlson, Valley Springs
1992    Gary Duffy, Oldham
1993    Carol Kendall, Rapid City
1994    Deb Schlagel, Clark
1995    Curt Voight, Rapid City
1996    Terry Duffy, Brookings
1997    Dan Krier, Mitchell
1998    Roger Nelson, Brookings
1999    Kim Weed, Sioux Falls
2000    Chuck Vail, Rapid City
2001    Lori Krier, Mitchell
2002    Kelley Anne Devine, Sioux Falls
2003    Francis “Joe” Drab, Rapid City
2004    Beth Conroy, Mitchell
2005    Vonda Bjorklund, Volga
2006    Sandy Neugebauer, Mitchell
2007    Sue James, Alcester
2008    Gene Bjorklund, Volga
2009    Gene Gillen, Hermosa
2010    Beth Schutt, Estelline
2011    Shane Thill, Mitchell
2012    Julie Ortman, Sioux Falls
2013    Ignacio P. Magbuhat, Box Elder
2014    Deb Sternhagen, Tyndall
2015    Brett Distel, Box Elder
1990    Sid Fosheim, Milbank
1991    Sid Fosheim, Milbank
1992    John Houska, Rapid City
1993    Ken Keck, Clark
1994    Bruce Wendling, Beresford
1995    Gregg Roach, Brookings
1996    Paul Schreiner, Pierre
1997    Jerry Hirrschoff, Rapid City
1998    Rick Fink, Harrisburg
1999    Gary Maffett, Brookings
2000    Mark Neises, Howard
2001    Clair Donovan, Spearfish
2002    Mike Jorgensen, Parker
2003    Doug Hughes, Spearfish
2004    Bud Postma, Madison
2005    Jeramie Eimers, Tea
2006    Greg Harrell, Sioux Falls
2007    Lee Pulse, Kimball
2008    Graydon Dailey, Belle Fourche

2009    Cory Slykhuis, Tea
2010    Steve Rounds, Pierre
2011    Jerry Bussler, Rapid City
2012    Tim Steffensen, Clear Lake
2013    Clark Slykhuis, Letcher
2014    Rod Fortin, Tea
2015    Patrick Krause, Groton



2003    Jim Johnston, Mitchell
2004    Buck Timmins, Mitchell
2007    Gary Duffy, Oldham



1988     Harve Johnston, Mitchell
1989     Howard Connors, Vermillion
1991     Marvin “Pal” Christensen, Yankton
1993     Gary Reed, Sioux Falls
1995     Lucy Lindskov, Sioux Falls
1996     Steve Withorne, Rapid City
1997     Randy Thomas, Faith
1998     Joanne Runge, Hartford
1999     Colin Kapitan, Yankton
2007     Dean Mann, Sioux Falls
2009     Dale Weber, Salem

Awarded to one individual who is not an active official, but who has made significant contributions to high school sports officiating throughout a long and distinguished career. Recipient must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character and be endorsed by their respective state high school associations. These individuals may have improved officiating as administrators, media personnel, physicians, or educators. The nominee need not be a member of NFOA. This award is presented at the national level only with each state allowed to submit a nominee. The NFOA Awards Screening Committee selects the recipient with approval from the NFHS Board of Directors.

1990                  John Egan, Arizona (S. Falls)
1993                  Bernie Stocking, Pierre
1995                  Rich Hanson, Sioux Falls
1996                  Mike Redmond, Brookings
1997                  Dr. Curt Voight, Rapid City
2005                  Ruth Rehn, Pierre

This is the highest honor awarded by the NFOA and goes to persons deemed to have contributed to the associations at the highest level. Only one citation may be awarded each year. Among the factors which may be considered are: 1) individual has a long-standing and distinguished record of involvement with high school activity programs at the local and state levels; 2) individual is recognized as among the best in their profession by their colleagues; 3) the state association executive officer from the individual's state supports the nomination. The NFHS Board of Directors approves the Citation recipient.

No previous winners