The Officials Committee (“Committee”) is a standing committee established by the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (“DIAA”) pursuant to 14 Del. C. § 304(2). Created at 14 Del. C. ch. 3, DIAA preserves and promotes the educational significance of interscholastic athletics; ensures that interscholastic sports remains compatible with the educational mission of the member schools; provides for fair competition between member schools; promotes sportsmanship and ethical behavior; establishes and enforces standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators; protects the physical well-being of athletes; and promotes healthy adolescent lifestyles.

The Committee is charged with:

  • reviewing documentation submitted by an officials’ association that desires to officiate middle and high school contests;
  • holding a meeting with the officers of an officials’ association to discuss the association’s recognition request;
  • consulting with parties that have an interest in an officials’ association’s recognition request;
  • reporting findings and recommendations on an officials’ association’s recognition request to the Board;
  • working with the applicable sports committee to evaluate an officials’ association during its probationary period;
  • working with the applicable sports committee to make a recommendation to the Board at the end of an officials’ association’s probationary period;
  • making recommendations to the Rules and Regulations Committee for developing and amending, as necessary, regulations on standards of conduct for officials;
  • conducting an annual review of each recognized officials’ association to ensure that the association is meeting the goals of education-based athletics; and
  • serving as a liaison for issues within the Board’s scope of authority that arise between member schools and recognized officials’ associations and directing any recommendations for resolving such issues to the appropriate entity, i.e., the Board, DIAA’s Executive Director, or the appropriate DIAA standing committee.

The Board’s Chairperson shall appoint an individual to serve as the Committee’s Chairperson who shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Board’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove the Committee’s Chairperson.

The Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, shall appoint individuals to serve on the Committee. Committee members shall be geographically representative and may include administrators, athletic directors, coaches, local school board

members, officials, and members of the public. Individuals appointed to serve on the Committee shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove individuals from the Committee.

The Committee shall conduct itself in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Department of Education’s rules and regulations.

Approved by the Board of Directors on 09/14/2017.

Committee Members

First Name Last Name Conference Affiliation Title Committee Position County Term Expires BOD Approved
John Brady   DSSOA/DIAA State Interpreter (Soccer) Member SC 2023 20-May
Pete Celiberti   Delmarva Football Officials Assoc. Official Member KC 2022  
Layne Drexel   DIAA/IAABO #11 State Interpreter (Basketball) Member NC 2023 20-May
Jennifer Eckman-Hagan   So. DE Field Hockey Officials Assoc. Official Member SC 2023 20-May
Chris Eddy Diamond State Charter School of Wilm. Athletic Director Member NC 2021 20-May
Mike Hart   DAAD Retired/DIAA Board Member Member NC 2022  
Patrick Jones DISC Tatnall School Athletic Director Member NC 2021 20-May
Chris Muscara Blue Hen Appoquinimink HS Athletic Director Chair NC 2023 19-Sep
Chris Nutter   DE Lacrosse Officials Association Official Member KC 2021 20-May
Nick Pegelow Henlopen Sussex Tech HS Athletic Director Member SC 2021  
Vicki Rhodes   So. DE Field Hockey Officials Assoc. Official Member KC 2021  
Matt Sabol Blue Hen William Penn HS Athletic Director Member NC 2023 20-May
Kevin Smith Henlopen Cape Henlopen HS Athletic Director Member SC 2023 20-May
Rodney Smith   Northern DE Football Officials Assoc. Official Member NC 2023 20-May
Joe Thomson DISC Wilmington Friends School Assistant Athletic Director, Coach Member NC 2021 20-May