Behind The Flag 2023 Spring Football Official’s Forum



Train today for a better game tomorrow. Take the steps to improve your individual rules knowledge, learn advanced film breakdown techniques, and growing your officiating network.

With support from UNM; the NMOA, NFHS, and NFL Grassroots program have partnered together to help with the shortage of high school football officials in New Mexico. 

With this in mind, Behind The Flag has organized the 2nd Annual 2023 Spring Football Officials Forum on March 31st and April 1st at UNM University Stadium. The forum is intended to educate, recruit, and retain NMOA high school officials, provide classroom, on-field training, and networking opportunities for those interested in advancing their officiating careers. 

The forum will be instructed by current NFL, DI, and DII Football officials actively officiating in the NFL, BIG12, Mountain West, Conference USA, Rocky Mountain (RMAC) and LoneStar Conferences. 

We will cover film break down, officiating philosophies, NFHS rules, and mechanics. 

This Forum will also have guests College Coordinators speakers to discuss how to advance your officiating career.

Take the next step in your officiating path to success!


The Forum will have the following guest clinicians: 

Land Clark Referee NFL

Sarah Thomas – Down Judge – NFL

Brandon Cruse UmpireNFL

Adam Savoie – Referee – ACC

Ronnie Ford – CFO West/C-USA Replay

Mike Defee – C-USA Coordinator, NFL Coach/Trainer

Randy Campbell – RMAC Coordinator, NFL Replay Offical

Tim Crowley  LoneStar Conference Coordinator 

Danny Gonzales – Head Coach – UNM Lobos


Behind The Flag Staff and Clinicians:

Abram Anaya  Center Judge – BIG12

Joseph Martinez – Side Judge – BIG12 

Victor Sanchez Field Judge – Conference USA

Leonard Longhorn – Umpire – WAC 

Dennis Barela Line Judge – RMAC

Ken Adent  Back Judge – RMAC

Jerrod Storey – Field Judge – RMAC

Estevan Baca – Line Judge – LoneStar Conference

Todd Morris  Field Judge – LoneStar Conference

Kevin Banks – DreamBIG









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The 2nd Annual Behind The Flag Spring 2023 Football Official’s Forum!