Golden Whistle Award

The EFOA Golden Whistle award is presented at the end of each season to the outstanding varisty official as selected by a vote of their peers. Winners of this prestigious award represent the best of the best in EFOA. Their mechanics, rules knowledge and character both on and off the field represent the highest accomplishment for a football official. Click the whistles to see the previous award winners.

John Bardin, 2013 Golden Whistle Winner

John Bardin

John Bardin

John has been with EFOA since 1998 and a varsity official since 2000. He was one of EFOA’s first back judges and has represented the association at the state semi-finals and finals numerous times. John is on the EFOA board of directors and is the training coordinator.

Gary Loucks, 2012 Golden Whistle Winner

Gary Loucks

Gary Loucks

Gary began officiating high school football for EFOA in 1989. Gary also is involved in basketball and baseball in addition to his football activities. Gary is a varsity referee and has also worked several other positions including back judge.

Matt Meister, 2011 Golden Whistle Winner

meister

Matt started his offiiating career in 1995. He has been to the state tournament before and was select this year as the line judge in the 3A Final at the Tacoma Dome (and on TV too!), Mat has also served on the board in the early 2000s and rejoined the board last year and currently heads the EFOA sportsmanship program.

Rick Langeland, 2010 Golden Whistle Winner

Rick Langeland

Rick Langeland

Rick began officiating with EFOA in 1996. He is normally a headlinesman or a line judge and has worked numerous local playoff games. Additionally, he has been selected four times for the state tournament and once worked the 4A state final as the head linesman. Rick has been elected to the EFOA board twice and has been active in the EFOA. training program.

Jim Goss, 2009 Golden Whistle Winner

Jim Goss

Jim Goss

Jim started as an official with EFOA in 1988. He has worked most positions and served as EFOA president. He has officiated at the highest levels locally and been selected to work the state championship tournament.

Ric Bishop, 2008 Golden Whistle Winner

Ric Bishop

Ric Bishop

Ric’s first year as an official was 2000. Over the years he has worked hard to become an outstanding umpire within EFOA. In 2010 he was selected to be the umpire in the 4A state final game. His crew for that game received an outstanding evaluation and were recognized as the best crew of the tournament. Ric also is a member of the Shriners and is a key volunteer for the Shriner All Star Football game each July.