Big Ten football referee Bill LeMonnier will be honored in July by receiving the Gold Whistle Award. The award is presented to a person or organization for contributions to the officiating industry.
The presentation is set for Tuesday, July 30, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Mich., site of the NASO Sports Officiating Summit. The award ceremony is part of the Officiating Gala that culminates the annual Summit.
LeMonnier, 64, who resides in Tinley Park, Ill., is a former educator. For many years he has used skills learned in that field to become a popular and skilled clinician. He has spoken at camps on every continent on which football is played and officiated. LeMonnier has mentored countless officials and served as an advocate for those who choose to advance. He is a “go-to guy” for fellow officials who have questions regarding rules, mechanics and philosophy. He is also is one of the writers of the annual CFO national football test.
“The selection of Bill LeMonnier as this year’s recipient was an easy one and it was unanimous,” said Barry Mano, NASO president. “Bill’s passion for football and for those who officiate football at any level is without parallel. He has been and remains a beacon for all of us in this industry.”