Enshrined : 2007
New Haven Football Officials
Among the finest officials to come out of Connecticut,
both as a great arbiter but individual, is David
Holdwright. A longtime member of the Vincent J. Reilly-
New Haven Football Officials Association (since 1966),
Holdwright quickly established himself as a top-notch
He was invited to join the Eastern Association of
Intercollegiate Football Officials in 1982, and quickly
rose up the ranks, making Division I in 1992 where he
remained through the rest of his career.
David has worked many big games in the Ivy and
Patriot leagues, as well as several key contests on the
high school circuit. He was tapped to work several CIAC
playoff and championship contests, always at his familiar
On the state level Dave is a past president of the CFOA and had been a longtime
secretary-treasurer of the NHFOA, was instrumental
in the instruction of new officials, and a member
of that group's board of directors.
For almost 30 years he worked for the New York
Giants as a liaison at the press level of Giants Stadium,
and is still found there several Sundays a season.
Several years ago, Holdwright's career was cut short as a rare condition blinded him during back surgery.
Despite the setback, he continues to be active in all the above-mentioned capacities, and still is found at high
school and college meetings, offering his sage advice.
His impact on officiating can be shown by a golf tournament held in his honor where officials all over the
East Coast attended.
He is a winner of the Gene Casey-New Haven Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Officials Award, and
a winner of the New Haven Gridiron Club's Officials Award. The Gridiron Club has since renamed that award
the David Holdwright Profiles in Courage Award.