NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
We are proud to announce the appointment of Wendell Babb!
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION FROM NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF REFEREE INSTRUCTION - WENDELL T. BABB JR.
I began as a player, particularly as a goalkeeper. Shortly after my son was born, I began looking to get involved with officiating soccer. This is when I sat in my first class back in 1994. Since then, I worked my way up through the ranks to State Referee. It was during that journey that I decided I wanted to become an instructor to help those who also wanted to become referees. My biggest influence through all of this was a gentleman named Richard Giebner, a retired FIFA referee.
I live in Tucson with my wife, Sonja, a self-proclaimed soccer widow of 25 years, but she puts up with it. I have two adult children, 21 and 23 years old. Then seven years ago, my wife and I took on another challenge and adopted two more children who are now 10 and 7 years old. We both had no idea that we would be starting over as parents. It has been both rewarding and challenging ever since.
Back some time ago, I was appointed the Tucson Area Director of Referee Instruction and took over the task of training referees. I hope I've had some influence on the referees within the Tucson area. With this appointment, I needed to try to get involved with the referee administration. I looked to make improvements in our state's referee development program. One of my goals is to continue the development of referees within the state and move our state forward with changes made by the national referee development program. I have big shoes to fill and look forward to continue to promote our program.
I look forward to working with all of the referees and future referees in the state as your SDI and I always welcome input.