Enshrined : 2007
Central Football Officials
From running the fields of Orville Platt High School
in his hometown of Meriden, to the gridiron of the
Choate School, to the Yale Bowl, Bob Sokolowski
excelled as a player. A 1965 graduate of Choate
and 1969 graduate of Yale, Sokolowski kept his love
for the game by taking up the stripes in 1971 for the
Central Connecticut Approved Football Officials
where he remained for the next 18 seasons.
From the sandlot and high school fields serviced by
the CCFOA to the Nokia Sugar Bowl, Sokolowski continued
his pursuit of excellence as a downfield official.
Beginning in 1978 with his admission to the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials,
Sokolowski began his climb up the ranks to become one of the top-ranked officials in the country.
First it was Division II and III games for the ECAC, then it was a full schedule as a Division I official for the
Yankee, Ivy and Patriot Leagues from 1984-95; he then moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference and later the
Big East in the position of field judge.
During his climb there were Division IAA playoff games in places like James Madison University or URI, there
were international contests in Helsinki, Moscow and Bergamo, Italy.
In 1999 he was chosen to work the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA, and the 2003 Capital One Bowl
But it wasn't and isn't over. The next year, Sokolowski was chosen to officiate the BCS Championship Game
in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, played Jan. 4, 2004. That was followed by the 2005 Rose Bowl and two successive trips to the New Orleans
Bowl. Sokolowski proves hard work can result in reaching the pinnacle of success.