WAC’s Blackwood Named Recipient of the 2013 David M. Parry Award
Blackwood has had a distinguished career as a coordinator of football officials for more than two decades. After 14 years as a referee in the Southland Conference, he became the league’s coordinator of football officials in 1989. He remained in that role until 1999, when he was named the coordinator of the WAC. Along the way Blackwood also was the executive director of the Texas Association of Sports Officials for 10 years, from 1992 to 2001. In addition, he served as an instant replay official for the National Football League from 1999 until 2008. Blackwood retired from the WAC position at the end of the 2012 season and is now the instant replay coordinator for the PAC-12.
Countless officials have benefitted from Blackwood’s guidance and leadership over the years. It can truly be said that Blackwood has devoted his life to football officiating. He was a pioneer in the use of video to train, educate and evaluate officials. His work in helping to craft the NCAA/CFO national training video each year is one of the many behind-the-scenes tasks that Blackwood has performed willingly and with great distinction for many years. He has also taken a leadership role in promoting a safer game, principally as part of the new DCFO review panel created to examine video of targeting fouls.
Blackwood will formally be presented the award in Park City, Utah, where Blackwood and his wife Dee will be the guests of the CFO at the coordinator’s annual summer meeting in June.