Coordinators/Officials

Coordinators of Officials

 

  Deb Welch: Women's Lacrosse

Welch was selected by the OAC to serve as the Conference’s first women’s lacrosse coordinator of officials.  Welch has been an officer for the Central Ohio Women’s Lacrosse Association for the past eight years. She has had extensive experience officiating lacrosse on all levels, both men and women, and was the first woman to ever officiate an NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse game.

Welch has access to all Region 5 lacrosse officials. Region 5 encompasses the Great Lakes States of Ohio, Indiana/Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Please feel free to contact Deb Welch at deborahewelch@gmail.com

 

  Craig Griffith: Football

Griffith, who officiated OAC football for 13 seasons (1986-1998) before moving on to Division I, has been named coordinator of officials for the Ohio Athletic Conference.  Griffith officiated NCAA Division III and NAIA playoff games before moving on to Division I, where he officiated six bowl games, including the 2004 Cotton Bowl.  Griffith also worked in the United Football League and Arena Football League.

Griffith has recently been an observer/film grader for the OAC, Presidents Athletic Conference and Mountain East Conference.  Griffith, who also serves as coordinator of football officials for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC), has also officiated college basketball on every level from 1981 through 2015.   Griffith has experience with volleyball officiating, having worked numerous Ohio High School Athletic Association playoff games in addition to Division I and Division III games.

Football Officials Application

 

  Diane Plas: Volleyball

Plas spent 25 years officiating high school and collegiate volleyball games and has been the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Coordinator of Volleyball Officials since 1982.  Plas also assigns volleyball games for the Horizon League, North Coast, American Midwest, Mid-American, and Ohio Community College Athletic Conferences, as well various independents. Plas is also the state interpreter for high school volleyball. In addition to volleyball, Plas has served as the OAC's Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials since 1982.

Plas has three children, Shelley, Christy and Jeff and eight grandchildren.  

Please feel free to contact Diane Plas at jplas@prodigy.netor 216-533-7521

 

 Bill Ek: Men's Basketball

Ek serves as the Ohio Athletic Conference Coordinator of Men’s Basketball officials.  In addition to the OAC, Ek assigns for the American Mideast and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conferences, as well as for the Ohio Regional Campuses.
Ek spent 20 years officiating NCAA and NAIA basketball. Ek’s career highlights include officiating numerous NCAA Division III regional assignments and at the Final Four, along with multiple championship games for the American Mideast and Ohio Athletic Conferences. Ek also had the opportunity to officiate the McDonald's All-American championship game which included Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ek has officiated five high school state championship games as a 25-year veteran of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Ek has officiated at over 20 camps and has been an instructor at more than 25 clinics throughout his career.

Please feel free to contact Bill Ek at (330) 354-1225 or ekbballref@yahoo.com

Basketball Officials Application

 

 Diane Plas: Women's Basketball

Plas spent 25 years officiating high school and collegiate women’s basketball games and has been the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials since 1982.  Plas also assigns games for North Coast, American Midwest, Presidents’ and Ohio Community College Athletic Conferences. In addition to her responsibilites as coordinator, Plas also serves as the NCAA Division I women’s basketball regional advisor. Plas has also been the Ohio Athletic Conference's Coordinator of Volleyball officials since 1982.

Plas has three children, Shelley, Christy and Jeff and eight grandchildren.  

Please feel free to contact Diane Plas at jplas@prodigy.net or 216-533-7521

Basketball Officials Application

 

 Steve Partington: Baseball

Partington has been umpiring college baseball since 1976 and actively works in the Big Ten, Mid-American, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic10, North Coast and Ohio Athletic Conferences.   Partington has umpired at the national level since 1981, working numerous NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Division III World Series.  Partington has also umpired 11 Big Ten and seven Mid-American Conference Tournaments, along with four NCAA Division I Regionals. 

In addition to the Ohio Athletic Conference, Partington assigns for 16 Division III schools and five Division I schools: Ohio State, Indiana, Miami, Ohio University, and Xavier.  Partington’s Strikk3 Umpire Association currently maintains 85 active umpires.

Partington is also the tournament director of the Spring Baseball Classic known as Snowbird Baseball located on the Florida Suncoast in North Port, Florida.

Please feel free to contact Steve Partington at strikk3umpires@aol.com or 614-306-5155

 

Linda Cairney: Softball 

Please feel free to contact Linda LindaUmp1@aol.com

 


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