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IOA History

The Intercollegiate Officiating Association was founded in 1991 and began service to its membership in the 1992-93 academic year. The 2019-20 academic year marks its 28th year of continual service.

It was founded by the athletic administrators of the North Coast Athletic Conference as a means to take control of its officiating needs in football and men’s and women’s basketball. Beyond that, the athletic administrators felt that they could provide an officiating service to their members at a reasonable and fair cost. At the same time, by establishing a cooperative amongst the Conference members and other subscribers, the members believed they could build a first-class operation that enhanced the opportunities for current and upcoming collegiate game officials.

Amy Heasley Williams Associate Director of Athletics at Kenyon College serves as the Association's president. The board members are: Sara Lee, Associate Director of Athletics at Denison University; Bill Ross, Interim Director of thletics at Allegheny College, Matt Tanney, Director of Athletics at Wabash College and Gary Williams, Director of Athletics at Wittenberg University. Keri Alexander Luchowski, Executive Director of the North Coast Athletic Conference, is the operational administrator of the IOA.

Upon its founding in 1991, the IOA listed 23 charter members, all affiliated with the NCAA in Division III and four charter subscribers, affiliated with the NAIA. Currently, the IOA enjoys the membership of 12: the 10 NCAC conference members located in the states of Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and two subscribers, located in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Current members and subscribers are: Allegheny College, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster.

In its 27-year history, the IOA and its staff of officials have enjoyed outstanding success, and by at least one measure, have been ranked amongst the finest in the USA. Each year, IOA staff officials are selected to work national championship playoff games in both the NCAA and NAIA in the sports of football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. An IOA crew has worked the national championship game at least once, if not more, in the last ten years in these sports.

IOA Supervisors of Officials have been very instrumental in maintaining the quality and quantity of the officiating staffs and keeping the performance level high for the member colleges. Current Supervisors of Officials (followed by their tenure with the IOA or NCAC) are: Diane Plas, Women’s Basketball (27 IOA/33 NCAC years), Andy Pfaff, Football (22 years) and Bill Ek, Men’s Basketball (eighth year).