Central Florida Officials Association
Who We Are
The Central Florida Officials Association was formed in 1947 to provide officials for interscholastic sport programs of Central Florida. There are nearly 300 officials in the CFOA that are certified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and scheduled for games at various schools throughout Central Florida. The CFOA services schools located in the Orlando metropolitan area and within a geographic area surrounded by Volusia, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Read more --»
How to Join
If you are a new official or transferring to the area, please fill out the Recruitment Form and a member of the CFOA will contact you. Once we have your information, we will give you details on how to register with the CFOA, FHSAA, and any pertinent dates for upcoming seasons. There are several steps to becoming a high school sports official with the CFOA and FHSAA. Read more --»
Returning CFOA Officials
In a recent game there was 131 years of experience on the floor. The game even went into OT and all 3 officials were still standing at the end!
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Rick Corley's father passed away Thursday, February 21. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 27, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 220 West Horatio Avenue, Maitland 32751.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation be made to "Make A Wish Foundation” or "Asbury United Methodist Church." The church will use any donation to help support his father's favorite church organizations.
DeLand Honors Coach John Zeoli
By Joshua C. Cruey
12:42 PM EST, February 3, 2014
The end of an era is coming to DeLand High School as John Zeoli, the boys basketball coach exits the program to start retirement after entering the Deferred Retirement Option Program several years ago.
Zeoli, in his 36th season, holds the area record for most wins at one school with a 578-320 record. In honor of Coach Zeoli's last home game, fans, faculty and alumni packed the gymnasium wearing Coach Z T-shirts which were sold for $3 each in advance. Before the start of the game Zeoli was honored with a certificate of recognition and a key to the city by DeLand mayor Robert F. Apgar.
As a fitting close to the night the bulldogs delivered a 58-42 victory of the Pine Ridge Panthers to give coach Zeoli his 578th win.
Date: February 8, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 10 am
Location: Lyman High School Auditorium, 865 S. Ronald Regan Blvd, Longwood, FL 32750
The family of Mike Goodspeed has asked that you join them for a memorial service in his honor at Lyman High School. Besides his love for his family, Mike loved the CFOA and devoted many hours of his time to make our association the best it could be. To honor Mike's love of family and the CFOA, his family has asked that you dress casually, no suits or ties. If you are or were a member of the CFOA, please wear a CFOA jacket or shirt to the memorial. If it's a Beach Weekend Tee shirt, that's ok. Members of the CFOA Hall of Fame are asked to wear their Hall of Fame jackets. Those attending who are not members of the CFOA please wear your officials' association or league's shirt or jacket.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family has asked that if you want to make a donation please make it to one of the following charities in Mike's name: Kids House of Seminole or The Russell House for Atypical Children. Mike always had a soft heart for children with disabilities and for children who were in danger.
VP of Football, CFOA
Memorial for Mike
Someone once said that "The best officials are the ones that are never noticed." Today many people celebrated a mans life that was never noticed on the field as an official but his presence there was bigger than life. Mike Goodspeed had a calming affect on a violent sport. He will be missed.
As I looked at the photos, letters, and articles today lining the Lyman auditorium I could only smile. Mike had that effect on people. His smile and attitude made you feel good. When I would see Mike was officiating one of our games I knew I didn't have to worry about anything happening on the field and my full attention could devoted to the fan experience.
Officiating is a thankless job. Seminole High along with the schools of Seminole County would like to thank the members of the CFOA for your professionalism and dedication to high school and youth sports. We express our deepest sympathy to the family and the membership of the Central Florida Officials Assn. Mike Goodspeed made a difference.
As I would smile each time I saw Mike walk through the gates at Seminole High I know God smiled that same smile when he walked through the gates of Heaven.
Seminole High School
Robert David Johnson
Robert David Johnson was born on September 24, 1934 in Summersville, WV. He died peacefully at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL on December 16, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Doris, 4 children, Greg Stringham, Kim Barker,(Dr. Ed), Lynda Winningham (Rick), Stacie Taylor (Matt), 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, 2 half brothers, Eddie Johnson, Andy Johnson, and 2 half sisters, Becky Hill and Ruth Ellen Martineau.
Bob grew up in Charleston, WV and Dayton, Ohio where he was a paperboy and earned his Eagle Scout. He retired as a Master Sergeant E8 from the US Army, retired from Orange County Schools, and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He was a CFOA referee for football, basketball and baseball. An avid Florida State Seminole Booster, he spent many years cheering them on. He served as Past president of 1st Cavalry Division Association Fort Hood , Texas. He was an active nember of Florida 1st Cavalry Division Association, Korean War Veterans Assn 173, 5th Cavalry Division Assn, VFW 2093, American Legion Fern Park, Casselberry Veterans and numerous other organizations. Bob was the ultimate volunteer and always ready to help organize people and events for any good cause. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Tom Waldo an old time football official passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013. He will be buried in Sanford, NC where he has been living for about 10 years after retiring from AT&T. He worked mostly as an umpire and was in the association for more than 20 years. The CFOA sends condolences to the family of Tom Waldo.
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