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USWOA Board of Directors Elections
will be held in Fargo, July 2021
 
Per section A 6 of our policies and procedures, the following are the deadlines:
Those wishing to pursue the positions of president, vice president, secretary, or national pairing director must submit their request by April 15.
Those wishing to pursue any at-large seat must submit their application between April 30 and May 30.
 

At Large Mat Officials Candidates

Danny Blackshear, OK, Incumbent
  • I have served 2.5 terms on the USWOA board as a member-at-large. 
  • 25 years OKUSA board member holding the following positions:
  • Events director 
  • Secretary 
  • Vice-chairman 
  • State chairman 
Tod Blank, CA
  • I was a USWOA Licensed Official from 1987 to 1989 and most recently from 2009 to the present. 
  • I am currently a Category M1 Mat Official and one of three State Officials Directors for California USA Wrestling.
  • I have completed many assignments as an Assistant Head Official, Head Official and Clinician at State, Regional and National tournaments.
Tim Condit, IL
  • Married 28 years, 2 children, 2 grandchildren.  
  • 29 years as a Law Enforcement officer to include 5 years with the US Army, 5 years local PD In the Chicagoland Metropolitan area, and 19 years at my current position with the Department of Homeland Security.  
  • Began wrestling at the age of 8 and continued into my Army career.  Got back into coaching and officiating 12 years ago.  
  • Dedicated myself to officiating strictly 9 years ago.  
  • Thank you for your time and consideration.
Chris Curtis, NJ, Incumbent
  • I have been an active member of the USWOA for over 45 years and have officiated in every regional and national event in the country at some time or another.
  •  It has been an honor serving on the USWOA Executive Board as the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for 20 years. 
Thomas Kuisle, MN, Incumbent
  • 13 years USWOA Board of Directors, At Large
    • USWOA Webmaster   
    • Instrumental in the institution of the Recruitment and Retention Committee that set the standards for tournament stipends, housing accommodations.
    • Helped develop the online Greco-Freestyle Rulebook
    • Authored the USAW Folkstyle, Duals Competition, Video review rules modifications.
    • Serve on several USWOA committees including, Ethics, Assignment, Folkstyle, Officials Education, Recruitment and Retention.
  • Head official and/or Clinician at numerous USAW Regional National and National Events
  • Tournament Director of numerous USAW Regional National and National Events.
  • Current member of the USAW Coaches Council.
  • 20 + years as MNUSAW State Officials Director
  • 40 + years as USAW Freestyle-Greco official
  • 40 + years as NFHS Folkstyle official
  • I wish to continue to serve the members of the USWOA and continue to help improve the education of officials and how they receive up-to-date information.
Jerry Kuntz, OK, Incumbent 
  • I have served on the USWOA Executive Board since 2000.
  • I believe that I have served honorably for the Ethics Committee, The Folkstyle Committee, and the Kids/Cadet Youth Board. 
Rob Roy, NV, Incumbent 
  • Have served both California previously and now currently Nevada USA Wrestling.
  • I have filled the position of Board Member at Large during the past two years. 
  • I am an approachable person; I embrace proven ways and able to embrace new ones. 
James Speelman, OH
  • I have been an active member of USWF, USA Wrestling, and USWOA since 1983.  As an athlete, coach, and as an official, I have worked with both associations then the merger between the two.  
  • As a member of USA-Ohio, I have held numerous positions to include, At-Larger Board, Jr. Director, National teams coach both styles, Greco Director, and coached multiple World age divisions teams since 1993.  
  • I work with the National Coaches Council for USA Wrestling, certified Silver level National teams coach 1994-Present, and US Center for SafeSport.
  •  Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame class of 2016, Stillwater, OK, Lifetime Achievement/Service Award.
  • I look forward to the opportunity to work for our organization and our members if elected
James Stinson, LA
  • I started officiating in high school at 16.
  •  I became a member of the USWOA in 1998 and have absolutely loved every minute. I can't wait to be a part of the very bright future of our organization.
Pairing at large
Ed Gould, NY
  • USWOA Member for 30+ years
  • 20 years participation at Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, including assigned head Official on more than 5 separate tournaments
  • 25+ years participation in various USAW Regionals – Head Pairing official at more than 15 Regionals, including Northeast, Southeast, and Central Regionals
  • Head pairing Official several times for Cadet National Duals
  • Head pairing Official for 25+ years at NYAC Holiday Tournament (aka Bill Farrell International)
  • Northeast Representative on the Pairings Advisory Council
  • Assistant Competition Manager at 2003 World Freestyle Championships at Madison Square Garden
  • NY-USAW State Chairperson, 1999-2009
  • 7 years as Vice-chairman of National Kids Council (now known as Youth Developmental Council); currently NE Representative on Council Executive Committee
  • Former Board of Directors member of USAW, including a member of JOWC – NE State Chair of Chairs, and member Long Range Planning committee
Monica Schommer, CO
  • Pairing official since 2005.
  • USWOA P1E Official with certification in Trackwrestling, FloWrestling and TSO.
  • 2015 Senior World Championships - Las Vegas
  • 2018 Senior World Championships - Budapest
  • Has held the position of State Pairing Director in both WY and CO
  • Completed many National and Regional Pairing Assignments as Head Pairer, Assigned Pairer and TSO
  • Active member of the Pairing OEP, Testing and Pairing Advisory Committees
National Pairing director
 
Jeff Jones, WI,  Incumbent 
  • Pairing official since 1998.
  • USWOA P1E Pairer.
  • USWOA Head Pairer certified in Flowrestling, Trackwrestling, and certified TSO.
  • Pairing OEP committee, developed training materials, certification tests, and administered tests.
  • Wisconsin wrestling federation state tournament director since 2001.
  • LOC tournament director for numerous USA Wrestling National tournaments. 
Debbi Kallai, OH, 
  • Served as a pairing official for over 30 years.
  • I have been a part of many teams that have run tournaments. Including youth wrestling, High school, college, regional, and national tournaments.
President
Rick Tucci, FL, Incumbent
  • President of the USWOA since 1988 when the organization has grown to over 3000 members. 
  • Selected for 8 Olympic Games and participated in 7. 
  • Initiated the International clinic at our National Junior/Cadets to give our national officials a chance to achieve more than national recognition. 
  • Our education program for officials is the best in the world because of our outstanding instructors. Our officials receive international praise as they travel the world, and I would like to think I helped in a small way.

The USWOA Supports USAW's Statement on Social Justice

The U.S. Wrestling Officials Association is an active part of USA Wrestling, representing its referees and pairing officials. As a unified group, the USWOA endorses and supports the USA Wrestling statement on social justice. In our role as officials within USA Wrestling, we are committed to taking action that will make a positive impact in our society and within wrestling.

USA Wrestling statement on social justice.

Social injustice is wrong and contrary to the inclusive nature of wrestling. USA Wrestling’s mission is to provide quality opportunities for its members to achieve their full athletic and human potential. Recent tragedies in our nation compel us to do more and do it better. We stand with our African American and black communities and all of the diverse people who are part of our sport. We will focus our actions on how we can drive change against unjust treatment, police brutality, and systematic racism that is plaguing our nation and world. We need to come together now and use our voice, platform, and actions to help create the kind of society that reflects our values. By its nature, wrestling can be the most inclusive sport on earth. Anyone can wrestle and everyone is welcome. When we hit the mat, we are all part of one wrestling family.

With Solidarity,
The USWOA Board of Directors

USWOA

Vision: High-Level Officials Organization

Mission:  USWOA will strive to be a top-level organization by providing resources, tools, and services that develop high performing mat and pairing officials.

Areas of Focus:  Education, Recruitment and Retention, Evaluations and Upgrades/Downgrades

See the full Strategic Plan document on the link below


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