ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The millions glued to the South Carolina-Gonzaga Final Four game earlier this year saw Jeffrey Anderson doing wind sprints up and down the court in Phoenix, AZ.
He was doing what he was built do: refereeing an elite, high-octane basketball game.
It was a long way from courts at Rochester's North St. Rec Center, or North Street University as they called it, but talk to him about that professional highlight and you notice his roots are nearly has visible as his stripes.
“I’ve benefited from what everybody has done for me,” Anderson said. “I’ve had a lot of people help me in a lot of different situations.”
Anderson jumped into the basketball scene in the mid-80s at Franklin High School where he played point guard.
He played ball well after graduating, but it wasn’t until 1997 a friend suggested he pick up a whistle.
“I’ll tell you the sky has been the limit,” Anderson said.
Anderson had found his calling.
“A referee has a great processor, you have to see it one time and you have to make a decision, you’re either going to blow or you’re not,” he said. “If you’re an analytical thinker and you’re going to think about that, the play is going to have happened and left you. It sounds crazy, but I can actually slow it down in my mind and I can play it back.”
The NCAA world took notice and pulled him in.
He’s now called upon to referee key games like that one in Arizona.
“Show them why you got there, I wanted to show everybody that I belonged there,” he said of that game.
Anderson never forgets how he got there.
When not traveling he’s back in Rochester working with kids through CYO, AAU and the Boys and Girls Club.
He also remains involved with local officiating through the Rochester Basketball Officials Board 60.
To him, it has all come full circle.
“This is where I grew up, this is where I belong,” Anderson said.
It’s where Anderson found people who told him he could do anything.
He might one day take that encouragement to the opening toss-up of the championship game.
Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2017 NFL season. This season, there are 8 new officials to replace officials that retired or were moved up to the league office. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, matching last season’s record-level bench. The swing officials will move between crews through the season, and include include two umpires, two line-of-scrimmage officials, and a deep wing. Umpire Bill Schuster once again is listed as a swing official, however last season he was moved to a crew in preseason to replace an injured official. Head linesman Jim Howey is in his third stint as a swing official, having previously been one in 2011 due to an injury and continuing into 2012.
For the second consecutive season, there are no new “white hats,” as everyone from the referee position remains. Four crew chiefs were added from 2014-15.
This season, the NFL has renamed the head linesman position to down judge, in deference to use a gender-neutral term.
Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the crews they were on last season, the college attended, and occupations. A replay official is assigned to each crew, but the replay assistant is assigned to the stadium, much like the chain crews and clock operators.
Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are indicated at the bottom of each crew list.
*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season.
|R||122||Brad Allen||4||Pembroke State||non-profit CEO|
|U||11||Fred Bryan||9||*||Northern Iowa||superintendent, juvenile correctional facility|
|DJ||48||Jim Mello||14||*||Northeastern||facilities manager|
|LJ||40||Brian Bolinger||1||NA||Indiana State||corporate safety director|
|FJ||97||Tom Hill||19||*||Carson Newman||teacher|
|SJ||26||Jabir Walker||3||Parry||Murray State||math teacher|
|BJ||83||Shawn Hochuli||4||*||Claremont||financial advisor|
|R||66||Walt Anderson||22||Texas||college officiating coordinator, retired dentist|
|U||124||Carl Paganelli||18||(swing)||Michigan State||retired federal probation officer|
|DJ||6||Jerod Phillips||2||*||Northeastern State||elementary school teacher|
|LJ||18||Byron Boston||23||*||Austin||tax consultant|
|FJ||117||John Jenkins||4||*||St. Mary’s||sales executive|
|SJ||125||Laird Hayes||23||*||Princeton||owner of football camps for high school and youth|
|BJ||119||Greg Wilson||10||*||USC||law enforcement|
|U||128||Ramon George||2||*||Lenoir-Rhyne||financial underwriter|
|DJ||94||Hugo Cruz||3||*||Texas-Pan American||investment manager|
|LJ||8||Dana McKenzie||10||Boger||Toledo||claims adjuster|
|FJ||73||Joe Larrew||16||*||St Louis||attorney|
|SJ||109||Dyrol Prioleau||11||Triplette||Johnson C Smith||manager, law firm|
|BJ||17||Steve Patrick||4||*||Jacksonville State||owner, supply company|
|R||23||Jerome Boger||14||Morehouse College||retired commercial insurance underwriter|
|U||49||Rich Hall||14||*||Arizona||custom cabinetry|
|DJ||134||Ed Camp||18||*||William Paterson||physical education teacher|
|LJ||63||Mike Carr||1||NA||Wisconsin||athletic director|
|FJ||103||Eugene Hall||4||*||North Texas||federal agent|
|SJ||87||Walt Coleman IV||3||*||Southern Methodist||financial advisor|
|BJ||112||Tony Steratore||18||*||California (Pa.)||co-owner, supply company|
|R||51||Carl Cheffers||18||California-Irvine||sales manager|
|U||19||Clay Martin||3||Hochuli||Tulsa||high school basketball coach|
|DJ||100||Tom Symonette||14||Allen||Florida||certified public accountant|
|LJ||79||Kent Payne||14||*||Nebraska Wesleyan||teacher|
|FJ||31||Mearl Robinson||1||NA||Air Force||instructor|
|SJ||88||Brad Freeman||4||*||Mississippi State||sports park director|
|BJ||5||Jim Quirk||8||*||Middlebury||financial advisor|
|R||65||Walt Coleman||29||Arkansas||manager dairy processor|
|DJ||74||Derick Bowers||15||*||East Central||sales representative|
|LJ||16||Kevin Codey||3||*||Western New England||middle school physical education teacher|
|FJ||1||Scott Novak||4||Cheffers||Phoenix||sales manager|
|SJ||95||James Coleman||13||(swing)||Arkansas||electrical engineer|
|BJ||111||Terrence Miles||10||*||Arizona State||quality control manager|
|R||99||Tony Corrente||23||Cal State-Fullerton||retired educator|
|U||76||Alan Eck||2||*||Bloomsburg State||tax manager|
|DJ||13||Patrick Turner||4||*||Cal State-Long Beach||plant manager|
|LJ||2||Bart Longson||3||*||Brigham Young||co-founder and CEO, digital finance company|
|FJ||82||Buddy Horton||19||*||Oregon State||water service worker|
|SJ||25||Ryan Dickson||1||NA||Utah||commercial real estate developer|
|BJ||30||Todd Prukop||9||*||Cal State-Fullerton||medical sales representative|
|R||85||Ed Hochuli||28||Texas-El Paso||attorney|
|U||14||Shawn Smith||3||Triplette||Ferris State||internal auditor|
|DJ||98||Greg Bradley||9||*||Tennessee||chemical engineer|
|LJ||59||Rusty Baynes||8||*||Auburn-Montgomery||general manager, safety services|
|FJ||104||Dale Shaw||5||*||Allegheny||pharmaceutical sales|
|SJ||55||Alex Kemp||4||*||Central Michigan||insurance agent|
|BJ||93||Scott Helverson||15||*||Iowa||sales, printing and promotions|
|R||35||John Hussey||16||Idaho State||sales representative, retail logistics group|
|U||115||Tony Michalek||16||*||Indiana||USA Football officiating director|
|DJ||123||Ed Walker||4||Steratore||San Jose State||real estate management|
|LJ||107||Ron Marinucci||21||*||Glassboro State||vice president, novelty cone company|
|FJ||86||Jimmy Buchanan||9||*||South Carolina State||insurance agent|
|BJ||61||Keith Ferguson||18||*||San Jose State||sales|
|R||77||Terry McAulay||20||Louisiana State||college officiating coordinator|
|U||54||Steve Woods||1||NA||Wabash||financial advisor|
|DJ||91||Jerry Bergman||16||*||Robert Morris||sales executive|
|LJ||101||Carl Johnson||14||Morelli||Nicholls State||full-time official|
|FJ||72||Michael Banks||16||Vinovich||Illinois State||carpenter foreman|
|SJ||120||Jonah Monroe||3||*||Arkansas||systems engineer|
|BJ||39||Rich Martinez||4||*||Canisius||sales manager|
|R||135||Pete Morelli||21||St. Mary’s||high school principal|
|U||92||Bryan Neale||4||*||Indiana||sales consultant|
|DJ||22||Steve Stelljes||16||*||Friends||business planning manager|
|LJ||47||Tim Podraza||10||Cheffers||Nebraska||corporate real estate|
|FJ||126||Brad Rogers||1||NA||Lubbock Christian||college professor|
|SJ||41||Boris Cheek||22||*||Morgan State||director of operations and management|
|BJ||12||Greg Steed||15||*||Howard||computer systems analyst|
|R||132||John Parry||18||Purdue||financial advisor|
|U||131||Mark Pellis||4||*||Allegheny||financial advisor|
|DJ||90||Mike Spanier||19||(swing)||St Cloud State||middle school principal|
|LJ||45||Jeff Seeman||16||*||Minnesota||brokerage sales|
|FJ||118||David Meslow||7||Allen||Augsburg College||marketing manager|
|SJ||7||Keith Washington||10||*||Virginia Military Institute||program financial analyst|
|BJ||46||Perry Paganelli||20||*||Hope College||retired high school administrator|
|R||114||Gene Steratore||15||Kent State||co-owner, supply company|
|U||81||Roy Ellison||15||(swing)||Savannah State||technical staff member|
|DJ||24||David Oliver||1||NA||Baker||information systems manager|
|LJ||108||Gary Arthur||21||*||Wright State||president, commercial printing company|
|FJ||116||Mike Weatherford||16||*||Oklahoma State||energy trader|
|SJ||29||Adrian Hill||8||Blakeman||Buffalo||software engineer|
|BJ||105||Dino Paganelli||12||*||Aquinas College||educator|
|R||62||Ron Torbert||8||Michigan State||attorney|
|U||121||Paul King||9||*||Nicholls State||school teacher|
|DJ||53||Sarah Thomas||3||Triplette||Mobile||pharmaceutical sales representative|
|FJ||50||Aaron Santi||3||*||Southern Oregon||middle school principal|
|SJ||3||Scott Edwards||19||Triplette||Alabama||environmental engineer|
|BJ||38||Greg Yette||8||*||Howard||defense contractor|
|R||42||Jeff Triplette||22||Wake Forest||restructuring consultant|
|U||71||Ruben Fowler||12||Cheffers||Huston-Tillotson||retired firefighter|
|DJ||32||Jeff Bergman||26||*||Robert Morris||president and chief executive officer, medical services|
|LJ||113||Danny Short||1||NA||North Carolina-Charlotte||executive officer, global sales operations|
|FJ||80||Greg Gautreaux||16||Torbert||SW Louisiana||athletic programs manager|
|SJ||43||Terry Brown||12||Coleman||Tennessee||probation supervisor|
|BJ||133||Steve Freeman||17||*||Mississippi State||custom home builder (former NFL player)|
|R||52||Bill Vinovich||13||San Diego||accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor|
|U||102||Bruce Stritesky||12||*||Embry Riddle||airline pilot|
|DJ||110||Phil McKinnely||16||*||UCLA||inventory control (former NFL player)|
|FJ||89||Jon Lucivansky||9||(swing)||Minnesota||college educator|
|SJ||60||Gary Cavaletto||15||*||Hancock||general manager, agricultural operations|
|BJ||78||Greg Meyer||16||*||Texas Christian||banker|
|R||4||Craig Wrolstad||15||Washington||athletic director|
|U||20||Barry Anderson||11||*||North Carolina State||builder/developer|
|DJ||28||Mark Hittner||21||*||Pittsburg State||investment broker|
|LJ||10||Julian Mapp||9||*||Grambling State||software QA tester|
|SJ||21||Jeff Lamberth||16||*||Texas A&M||attorney|