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To broaden pool of officials nationally, while inspiring elevated awareness of officiating and to encourage participants to develop strong social skills through programs focused on building officiating knowledge and character development.

  • Encourage overall participation in officiating, with emphasis on youth athletes (co-ed), former players, and football fans
  • Improve mainstream image of officiating
  • Serve as support center for intermediate, high school, and college-level officials
  • Bridge connection between officiating and educational/athletic programs

Introduce basic skill development by classroom instruction and on-field drills (4–5 hours of weekly training), consisting of:
  • Video instruction, rule books, study guides, etc.
  • Instruction of specific movement and mechanics/coverage areas
  • Proper positioning during scrimmage kick and goal-line plays
  • Mandatory participation in character-development sessions focused on communication, decisiveness, conflict resolution and time management
  • Full football officiating uniform upon completion

NFHS rules
Video review
Life skills
Character building
On-field drills
Pilot Program (NYC)
Pittsburgh Passion
Season II (Queens, NY)
Army & Naval Academies
Season III (Brooklyn, NY)
East Liverpool, OH
Season IV (Brooklyn, NY)
St. Clairsville, OH & Baltimore, MD
Season V
Atlanta, GA - Akron, OH – Brooklyn, NY – DC, WAS - Detroit, MI – Los Angeles, CA – Philadelphia, PA
Dean Blandino Vice President of Officiating
David Coleman Director of Officiating
Terell Canton Program Manager
Vanessa Streater Program Coordinator
Brian LoPinto Video Coordinator

If you are interested in hosting one or more of the below FOA programs in your area, please submit a Formal Business Request to

Football Officiating Academy options:
Clinic (1 day)
  • Provide group of approximately 40–60 participants with instructional video presentation that outlines basic illustration of officiating mechanics by position
  • Impart leadership lessons gained through first-hand officiating experiences
  • Introduce basic instruction of officiating mechanics through on-field drills
  • Connect participants to local associations for job opportunities

Workshop (2–3 days)
  • Provide officiating instruction geared towards current and beginning officials
  • Enhance instruction of officiating mechanics through extended on-field drills and shadowing opportunities
  • Discuss more in-depth rules study and mechanics
  • Present networking opportunities with current NFL supervisors and officials

Full program (8–10 weeks)
  • See program overview

Carl Johnson was named Vice President of Officiating of the National Football League in March 2010. Carl oversees all aspects of officiating, works closely with the Competition Committee and maintains the integrity of the game.

Carl, originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana, now lives in New York City. He has been married to the former Cynthia Guidry for 27 years. Carl attended Nicholls State University where he met Cynthia. They have a 16-year-old son named Carl, Jr.

Carl developed a passion for the game of football at an early age. He was a high school all-district selection as a punt and kick returner. Carl also was an all-district outfielder/pitcher in baseball. Although Carl played baseball, and not football, at Nicholls State, his passion for the sport never wavered and steered him toward officiating.

Carl began officiating Pee Wee games in 1980. He then worked high school games for 12 years; the Southland Conference for two years; and the Big XII Conference for five years, while also working indoor games and NFL Europe. In 2001, Carl joined the National Football League as a line judge.

During his nine years in the NFL, Carl officiated Super Bowl XLII, seven playoff games, and one Pro Bowl. Additionally, he was an alternate in Super Bowl XLI. During his collegiate career, Carl worked the 1996 NCAA National Championship game, two Big XII Conference Championships, the Sugar Bowl, and the Rose Bowl.

Under Carl’s direction, the NFL launched the inaugural Football Officiating Academy in 2010. This program was created to inspire an elevated awareness of officiating and to broaden the pool of football officials on a national level by providing them with the necessary skills to become successful.

Prior to accepting the position at the NFL, Carl worked at the Coca-Cola Company for 30 years in various managerial capacities, most recently as a distribution manager. When Carl isn’t officiating or watching football, he enjoys fishing, reading, landscaping, and spending time with his family.

On August 30, 2010 David Coleman was named Director of Officiating at the National Football League. In his current role, David is responsible for the operations and staff management of the Officiating Department, based at NFL Headquarters in New York City.

Previously, David was the Director of Human Resources – North America at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Cleveland, Ohio.

David has 38 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. He joined United States Steel in 2004, serving at the Pittsburgh Headquarters, first as manager of Insurance Benefits for the United States Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund and then as general manager of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to that he was vice president of Human Resources at Ranpak Corp in Concord Township, Ohio. David served for 22 years in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

David was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised in its Mount Pleasant neighborhood. He attended the Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. David was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Adjutant General’s Corps (Personnel Management and Administration). He received a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case – Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

During his Army career, he served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 2nd Infantry Division (in Korea), the 3rd Infantry Division (in Germany), the Army Recruiting Command, at West Point and on Department of the Army Headquarters Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

David is a former Division 1A and 1AA College Football Official. He was a Line Judge in the Mid American Conference (MAC) and a Referee in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). He was an Instant Replay Official (Video Operator) for the National Football League and was a member of the crew that worked Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

David and his wife, Donna, who is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, reside in Newark, New Jersey and maintain strong roots in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Trinidad. His son, Matthew, who is a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Pennsylvania State University in State College, was until recently a Meteorological Analyst in the re-insurance business unit of a Chicago-based hedge fund. Matt has since earned his Masters of Business Administration degree and is a portfolio analyst at Nephila Partners in San Francisco.