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ABOUT US

NYSACFO HISTORY: SYRACUSE CHAPTER
Syracuse is one of the founding members

The New York State Association of Certified Football Officials, Inc, (NYSACFO, Inc.) was organized in 1925 at

Syracuse. The three original chapters were Syracuse, Capital District, and Buffalo. The organization has grown

to cover the entire state of New York and is made up of nineteen chapters.

When the organization was established, a single set of rules governed both High School and Collegiate games

played in New York State. In 1933-34, the New York Public High School Athletic Association adopted the

National Federation Rules to be used in all High School games.

Shortly thereafter, Football Officials and the NYSPHSAA agreed upon what is known as the

"Five Point Program" for Football Officials.

The Five Points currently include:

  • Observe the rules and regulations of their Chapter and the NYS Association of Certified Football Officials, Inc.

  • Attend a minimum of six (6) interpretation meetings of the Local Chapter, or such additional meetings determined by the Local Chapter.

  • Pass the Annual National Federation Part II Rules Examination.

  • Be listed with the NYSPHSAA Executive Secretary.

  • Give evidence of efficient performance on the field.

Executive Board

Position                                 Name

President                              Tim McMahon

Vice President                      David Wilensky

Rules Interpreter                 Nate Riley

Secretary-Treasurer            Nick Lore

Assignment Secretary        Dan Pastuf

Membership                        Paul Blasi

Past President                     Steve Riedl

Website Managers: Jim Lawless and Jim Verrette

CHAPTER AWARDS

SCHOOLS

Fran Clark Sportsmanship Award
Established in 1987 this award is presented in memory of Francis "Fran" Clark was a member of the Syracuse Chapter for over 20 years. During a game that he was officiating in 1985, he suffered a heart attack and did not survive.  This award is given annually to the school within the Syracuse Chapter's jurisdiction that exemplifies superior sportsmanship.  The school is honored at the Chapter's annual banquet and members of the coaching staff from the winning school are invited to attend the banquet and accept the plaque honoring their school's achievement.

 

1994: Cato-Meridian    1995: Weedsport    1996: Oswego   1997: Chittenango    1998: Homer    1999: West Genesee

2000: Onondaga Central    2001: Onondaga Central  •  2002: Onondaga Central    2003 Cato-Meridian    2004: Skaneateles

2005: Hannibal  •  2006: Cato-Meridian   2007: Jamesville-Dewitt    2008: Hannibal    2009: Chittenango    Jamesville Dewitt    2010: Hannibal

2011: Chittenango    2012: Port Byron    2013: Homer   2014: Chittenango    2015: Chittenango & Homer    2016: Fayetteville-Manlius

2017: East Syracuse Minoa   2018: Cortland    2019: Onondaga Central    2021: Port Byron & Fowler

SYRACUSE CHAPTER NYSACFO ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Established in 1993, this award is given in the memory of Joe Witowski and Tom Yanno, both of whom were educators and veteran football officials.  The award is given annually to the senior football player with the highest un-weighted grade point average based upon the academic grades submitted by the school’s counselors from the schools officiated within the Syracuse chapter jurisdiction.

2018: John Hernadez Baldwinsville HS, Nolan Penoyer East Syracuse Minoa HS    2017: Ben Dwyer Baldwinsville HS   

2016; Brennan Buyera Chittenango HS.   2015; Jordan Caviness Liverpool HS    2014: Michael Vitale Port Bryon HS
2013: Jacob O'Hearn Auburn HS    2012: Eric Anthony Baldwinsville HS.   2011: Cameron MacPherson Christian Brothers Academy   

2010: Michael J. Cowan Pulaski Jr / Sr. HS.   2009: Andrew Frasier Christian Brothers Academy    2008: Ryan P. Callahan Skaneateles HS
2007: Cody R. Cziesler Chittenango HS   2006: John "Matt" Root Liverpool HS.   2005: Edward Rooke Weedsport HS 

2004: Jacob A. Dorsey Cazenovia HS    2003: Bryan J. Stanistreet West Genesee HS

OFFICIALS

LARRY RUSSELL AWARD
Established in 1974 in memory of Larry Russell a long-time official and officer of the Syracuse Chapter.  This award is awarded to an outstanding official for their service and dedication to the Syracuse Chapter.  The candidate for this award must be approved by the executive committee.

1996: TOM YANNO  •  1997: JOHN SCANLAN  •  1998: GEORGE SNYDER;  •  1999: JEROME DURR  •  2000: DOUG PALMER, BARRY LIPPENCOTT

2001: FRANK MISURELLY  •  2002: MIKE ALBANESE  •   2003: DAVID ADAMS;  •   2004: PAUL NOJAIM  •   2005: DON VICARIO

2006: JIM VERRETTE  •   2007: DAVE MUNGER, DAN PETRELLA  •   2008: DUKE PAGANO, JOE SAYA  •   2009: NICK LORE, GARY FRITZ

2010: JOHN HARRINGTON, LARRY BYRNES  •  2011: JOE NICOLETTI, ANGELO MARINELLI  •   2012: BILL BRYANT, MIKE LANASA

2013: MIKE KERWIN, STEVE RIEDL  •  2014: JASON MOTT, BOB CONNELLY  •  2015: MACK STEVENS, ROD MURAD

2016: JOE DIPALMA, PAUL EADI  •  2017: CHRIS MORABITO, GARY VALERINO  •   2018; DAVE WILENSKY, ROBERT SMITH

2019: DON PIRON, GARY FOTI  •  2021: JIM LAWLESS

BERNIE ANDREWS AWARD
Established in 2003, this award is given annually to a member of the football community and a member of the Syracuse Chapter for their contributions to Section 3 football and the Syracuse Chapter.  The candidates for this award must be approved by the executive committee.

2003: JOE CARFAGNO (Official), BRUCE QUIMBY (Baldwinsville Athletic Director); 2004: MIKE ALBANESE (Official), BOB CAMPESE (Section 3 Football Chairman); 2005: JOHN COVINO (Official), RICHARD BADER (Section 3 Chairman); 2006: DENNIS BLYTHE (Official), JEROME DURR (Official) 2007: BARRY LIPPENCOTT (Official), TOM TATHAM (CNS Athletic Director); 2008: RICK RANUCCI (Official), DAWN FIELD (Section 3 Secretary) 2009: JOE NICOLETTI (Official), JOE HAVEN (Chittenango Athletic Director); 2010: DON VICARIO (Official), BUDDY EVANS (Mohawk Valley Supervisor of Officials; 2011: JEFF CHARLES (Phoenix Head Coach), GARY PODSEILICK (Homer Head Coach), JOHN NATOLI (Fowler Head Coach);

2012: TOM YANNO (Official), ARI LIBERMAN (Henninger/Nottingham Athletic Director; 2013: PETE SALA (SU Senior Assoc. AD)
PAUL SEALY (Nottingham Coach), FRANK MISURELLI (Official); 2014: LARRY BYRNES (Official), NICK LORE (Official), JOHN MANION (Hannibal Athletic Director); DAN PETRELLA (Official), EAST SYRACUSE MINOA HIGH SCHOOL; 2016: JIM VERRETTE (Official), TOM NEIDL (Cazenovia Coach);

2017: MIKE KERWIN (Official), CARL SANFILIPPO (Baldwinsville Coach); 2018: DAVE MUNGER (Official), BOB ANTONACCI (Senator, Chief Officials' Negotiator); 2019: CHRIS MORABITO (Official), JOHN WlEKLINSKI (CBA Athletic Director)

NYS MERIT AWARDS
This award is presented to an official by the New York State Association of Certified Football Officials (NYSACFO) for their outstanding contributions to scholastic football on the recommendations of the chapter’s executive committee and per the award guidelines and the award guidelines of the State Association.  This award will be presented in the “even” years in accordance with the NYSACFO requirements.

1985: C. BURTON HALLOCK; 1986: JOHN CAMPAGNA, PAUL WEATHERUP; 1987: DOMINIC FARRELL, RICHARD WILLIAMS;

1988: MARK ANTONETTI, ROBERT METZLER: 1989: WILLIAM LOMBARD, JOSEPH WITOWSKI; 1990: ARTHUR HIRT, ANGELO MANCINI;

1991: BERNARD ANDREWS, CLINTON MEMORY; 1992: THOMAS FERRANTE, RICHARD LAWLER, DUKE PAGANO;

1993: JOSEPH CARFAGNO, FRED FONEHOUSE, GEROGE SNYDER; 1994: JOHN COVINO, JAMES FINOCHIO, RICHARD RANUCCI;

1995: JEROME DURR, ALAN HUNTER, JOHN RYAN; 1996: FRANK MUSURELLY, JOHN SCANLAN, THOMAS YANNO;

1997: DAVID MUNGER, DOUGLAS PALMER, MICHAEL PRICE; 1998: EDWARD HEFFERNAN, JAMES TYLER, RUSSEL ZECHMAN;

1999: THOMAS HOLGATE, WILLIAM STANKEWICZ, JOHN VASSENELLI; 2000: DAVID ADAMS, MICHAEL ALBANESE, BARRY LIPPENCOTT;

2001: GARY FRITZ, NICHOLAS LORE, DAN MCLAUGHLIN; 2002: CHRIS MORABITO, PAUL NOJAIM, JAMES VERRETTE;

2004: CHARLES HAVEN, DANIEL PETRELLA, RUSSELL ZOLL;  2006: MICHAEL LANASA, JOSEPH NICOLETTI, JOSEPH SAYA;

2008: LAWRENCE BYRNES, ROD MURAD, STEVEN RIEDL; 2010: WILLIAM BRYANT, MACK STEVENS, GARY VALERINO;

2012: PAUL DWYRE, MICHAEL KERWIN, JASON MOTT; 2014: BOB CONNELLY, DAVID WILENSKY; 2016: ROBERT SMITH;

2018: DOUG REISTROM, STEVEN MEYERS; 2020: MICHAEL COMPTON, PAUL BLASI

25-YEAR SERVICE AWARD
Established in n 1980, to recognize the officials of the Syracuse Chapter with 25 years of active service based upon the records of the chapter’s secretary.  

1993: LARRY BYRNES, JOE CARFAGNO, JOHN COVINO, BILLY MYERS   1994: JIM FINOCHIO, JOHN SCANLAN, BOB SCHAEFER; 

1996: RUSS ZECHMAN    1997: ANGELO MARINELLI   1998: TOM HOLGATE, FRANK MISURELLY; 

1999: JEROME DURR, DAN McLAUGHLIN, DOUG PALMER   2001: GEORGE SNYDER   2002: STEVE RIEDL, MACK STEVENS

2004: ED HEFFERNAN, NICK LORE, MIKE PRICE, TOM YANNO   2005: RICK RANUCCI    2006: BARRY LIPPENCOTT, JOE NICOLETTI, DUANE SEES

2008: BILL BRYANT, GARY FRITZ, DON KRUTTSCHNITT   2009: MIKE LANASA, DAVE MUNGER, DAVE WILENSKY   2010: MIKE ALBANESE; 

2011: BOB CONNELLY   2012: PAUL DWYRE, DAN PETRELLA   2013: JIM VERRETTE, RUSS ZOLL   2014: CHRIS MORABITO, JOSEPH SAYA

2015: JOHN DONOVAN   2017: CLARK ISSERLIS, TIM MAXON, ROD MURAD, DON PIRON   2018: GARY VALERINO   2019: NEIL RADER

2021: ROBERT SMITH

NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION, CNY CHAPTER OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

This award is intended to provide recognition to an official who has shown outstanding and meritorious football officiating, in addition to

dedication, leadership, and service to football on and off the field. The selected official represents and supports the National Football Foundation's creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership. These are officials that have been members of the Syracuse ChapteR at some point in their careers.

2001: RICHARD T. RANUCCI   2002: MICHAEL ALBANESE   2003;  JOHN SPENCER   2004; PAUL NOJAIM   2005: DENNIS HENNIGAN

2006: BARRY LIPPENCOTT   2007: FRANK DEORIO   2008: LARRY BYRNES   2009: DON KRUTTSHNITT   2010: MICHAEL KERWIN

2012: JAMES VERRETTE   2014: FRANK MISURELLY   2016: DON VACARIO   2017: DAN MESSINA   2018: DAN PETRELLA   2020: NICK LORE

2023: JOE NICOLETTI

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