Enshrined : 2008
Colonial Football Officials
Tom DeJoseph has done almost everything an official
dreams of doing: moving from the high school
ranks to the college ranks, and then from the college
ranks to the elite of the collegiate game. Staring out
more than 30 years ago in the Fairfield County
Football Officials Association, DeJoseph soon
showed himself to be an official's official.
He quickly moved up the ranks in that association,
becoming a referee and getting his own crew, working
many top-ranked FCIAC games. But officals like
Tom move up, and he did. He joined the Eastern
Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials in
1982 and was up in Division I-A in a few short
years, working several Ivy and Patriot League contests.
He moved to the Big East and then Atlantic Coast
Conference, working nationally televised games and
familiar face to
games to his
the Peach Bowl,
and worked an
up the ladder, he never forgot where he came from.
He was president of the FCFOA in 1985 after moving
from district rep to vice-president. He worked on
the Better Officiating and New Candidates committees
as well and was the group's representative to
the State Board. When the Colonial Football Officials
Association began, he was one of the founding
members. He was the group's president and has
worked on the Assignment Committee.