About GFOA

The Georgia Football Officials Association
is the oldest and most professional group of
it’s kind in the State of Georgia.  Founded
in 1926, GFOA is recognized as one of the
premier football officiating associations in the
United States.  It is composed of over one
hundred and fifty members dedicated to the
game of football, especially at the high school
level.

GFOA was founded in 1926 by George Gardner.
Mr Gardner was one of the nation’s foremost
authorities on football officiating.  He was an active
football official in the SEC from 1932 until 1948.  He
worked the Sugar Bowl 3 times and the Rose Bowl
once. After that he served as the SEC Supervisor of
Football Officials from 1948 to 1970.  In 1987 he
became only the 4th official to ever be inducted into
the College Football Hall of Fame.  Many of the
mechanics now being used in the NCAA and NFL
were developed by Mr. Gardner.  In 1992 George
Gardner became the first official from any sport to be
inducted into the National Federation of High Sports
Hall of Fame.

Past President of GFOA

2012 – Brent Jones
2011 – Brent Jones
2010 – Bob Hamby
2009 – Spencer Smith
2008 – Cecil Gray
2007 – Spencer Smith
2006 – Gene McLeod
2005 – Dexter Odom
2004 – Don Splinter
2003 – Dennis Peterson
2002 – Jon Austin
2001 – Bill Burell
2000 – Greg Zimmerman
1999 – Bob Preston
1998 – Bill Wadsworth
1997 – Mike Lake
1996 – Randy Jackson
1995 – Bill Bailey
1994 – Terry Mock
1993 – Billy Beckett
1992 – Chip Ferguson
1991 – Ken Hatcher
1990 – John Harris
1989 – Jack Kelly
1988 – Ron Goings
1987 – Joe Brakebill
1986 – Tom Cogburn
1985 – Steve Landis
1984 – Mike Samples
1983 – Erich Sauerbrey
1982 – Ken Allen

1981 – Bill Goss
1980 – Jimmy George
1979 – Ken Hardegree
1978 – Bill Schroer
1977 – Eddie Banks
1976 – Ken Schauer
1975 – Neil Zittrauer
1974 – Dan Post
1973 – George Wilson
1972 – Richard Hauenstein
1971 – George Coleman
1970 – Fred Nunn
1969 – Bobby Boylston
1968 – Red Emmert
1967 – Joe Delaney
1966 – Jack Guy
1965 – Mac Stitt
1964 – Billy Teas
1963 – Massey Clarkston
1962 – Jack Lankford
1961 – John O’Neill
1960 – Jack Jordon
1959 – Billy Pritchard
1958 – Bobby Gaston
1957 – Red Eaves
1956 – Charlie Bowen
1955 – Charlie Bowen
1954 – Pittigru Woolfolk
1953 – Lee Richards