Veteran Big Ten football referee and USA Football Rules Editor Bill LeMonnier will receive the National Association of Sports Officials Gold Whistle Award at the organization’s July 30 summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. The award is presented annually to a person or organization for contributions to the officiating industry.
LeMonnier, 64, of Tinley Park, Ill., is a former elementary school principal and assistant superintendent and for many years has used skills learned in that field to become a popular and skilled clinician. Through the Big Ten and USA Football, he has spoken at camps on six continents, mentoring officials and serving as an expert on rules, mechanics and philosophy. One of the authors of the annual College Football Officials national test, he has worked 15 college football bowl games, including seven BCS games.
LeMonnier was the referee of the BCS National Championship Game in January 2011 when Auburn defeated Oregon, 22-19.
“The selection of Bill LeMonnier as this year’s recipient was an easy one, and it was unanimous,” NASO president Barry Mano said. “Bill’s passion for football and for those who officiate football at any level is without parallel. He has been and remains a beacon for all of us in this industry.”