GTOA Awards & Hall of Fame


Larry Caroon Award - Football
The Larry Caroon Award is the most distinguished award presented by the GTOA. Larry made a tremendous impact on the GTOA as a football official for twelve years. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 46. The GTOA proudly honors his memory every year by presenting this prestigious award.

Don Thomas Football Newcomer Award
This award is presented to an official within the first three (3) years of their football officiating career with the GTOA. The development crew monitors all of the rookie officials' progress throughout these first years and determines who among them shows outstanding effort and ability.

PAST RECIPIENTS:
 
PAST RECIPIENTS:
Year
Recipient
 
Year
Recipient
1990
Hal Deitz
1990
N/A
1991
Kemp Fox, Johnnie Cherblanc
1991
Joey Newsom
1992
Don Hammock
1992
Brent McKee
1993
Art Kerr
1993
Steve Williams
1994
Miles Key
1994
Rodney Meyer
1995
John Reynolds
1995
Steve Ford
1996
N/A
1996
Chuck Hinton
1997
N/A
1997
Kenneth Stabler
1998
Don Thomas
1998
Chris Raleigh
1999
Steve DeVivo
1999
Scott Johnson
2000
Bill Shepherd
2000
Todd Smith
2001
Erik Herring
2001
Barry Crow
2002
Randy Jeffers
2002
Mark Haggard
2003
Charlie Payne
2003
David Semkoff
2004
Steve Emmons
2004
Merl Applegate
2005
Carroll Brooks
2005
Todd Ragsdale
2006
Dave Thomas
2006
Barry Stearns
2007
Harold Alspaugh
2007
Clay Martin
2008
David Webbert
2008
Eddie Puckett
2009 Andy Turner
2009
Rod Bush
2010 Lance Angew 2010 Bobby Moore
2011 Charlie Brown 2011 Richard Dixon
2012 Jon Martin 2012 Jonathan Tolbert
2013 Dennis Hartney 2013 Kevin Mykeloff
2014 Jeremy McCurley 2014 Jesse Starks
2015 Ethan Rolen 2015 Johnny Smith
2016 Kenny Stabler 2016 N/A
GTOA Hall of Fame - Football & Basketball

After a long and distinguished career, many of our officials have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. It not only takes having the skills to be an official to get here, but it requires, effort, faith, heart, determination, ability and contribution. Many of the officials listed below have touched our officiating lives at some point and have provided positive direction and support in an effort to make us all better officials.

1998
Bill Bradley
1998
Jerrell Glass 2001 Bobbie Dowell 2006 Charlie Myers 2014 Carroll Brooks
1998
Bill Blackburn
1999
Kemp Fox 2001 John Iverson 2007 Andy Hogan 2014 Charlie Payne
1998
Art Williams
1999
Roy Clymer 2001 Claude Marshall 2008 Don Thomas 2014 Don Robison
1998
Floyd Wolfe
1999
Artie Palk 2002 Neal Pennington 2009 Dan Schmidt 2015 Hal Deitz
1998
Harold Lamprich
2000
Foster Garrett 2003 John Watson 2010 Steve Emmons 2016 Roy Gage
1998
Pete Williams 2000 John Cherblanc 2003 Jack Eubank 2011 Dave Thomas    
1998 Don Buchanan 2000 Dave Simms 2004 Don Hammock 2012 David Webbert    
1998 Bud Brown 2000 Joe Ragsdale 2005 Art Kerr 2013 Charlie Brown    

If you would like to nominate an official for the Hall of Fame, there are are two applications. The OSSAA State Hall of Fame application provides for a nomination to only the State Hall of Fame and the GTOA Hall of Fame application provides for a nomination to just the GTOA Hall of Fame. Please be aware that these two nominations are separate, one does not nominate an official for the other. If you would like to nominate an official for both Hall of Fame awards, you must complete both forms, or you may complete the form for respective Hall of Fame nomination that you prefer.

GTOA Hall of Fame Nomination Form