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Hall of Fame Submission

Submit a name for the BAOA HOF

Thank you for submitting a name to be considered for the Bay Area Officials Hall of Fame

BAOA Hall of Fame Foundation

The Bay Area HOF was inspired by the many great members that have been in the organization. As an association, we wanted to recognize those members that not only obtained great accolades while officiating but also made contributions to the association and their community. 

The process began forming as Greg Bartemes would encourage the association to get involved with the OHSAA HOF process after attending each secretary's meeting. At the 2022 banquet, Ryan Bowers posed the idea of having a HOF committee, which he agreed to chair and asked for volunteers. As a result, a committee was formed, which included nine members of the BAOA.

The founding HOF committee members included Ryan Bowers, Tom Priesman, Greg Bartemes, Brad Huntley, Kurt Leber, Jeff Todd, Andy Kennedy, Joe Roth, and Addie Martin. 

2024 BAOA Hall of Fame Class

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Rick Jeffery- 2024 HOF

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Bill Nahm- 2024 HOF

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Andrew (Andy) Nappi- 2024 HOF

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2024 BAOA Hall of Fame Class

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2023 BAOA Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Class

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Dennis Foltz- 2023 HOF

Denny Foltz was a member of the Bay Area Officials Association for 49 years. Denny officiated many sports and was always willing to help better those around him. He officiated football for 49 years, basketball for 27 years, baseball for two years, and soccer for one year. Denny made many contributions to the association, including being a founding member of the football clinic in Lorain that Larry Last started. He also officiated in the football playoffs for one year. It is safe to say that Denny was the guy everyone went to for help. He volunteered at Perkins to run the clock for all varsity games. One of Denny’s favorite memories while officiating was when he worked a game with his son. Denny worked his first varsity game in 1978 in the Lakeland Conference. He credits his wife, Ruth, for always supporting his officiating career. Back in the day, the ADs and assigners would call Ruth to schedule Denny his games. 

Larry Last- 2023 HOF

Larry Last was a member of the Bay Area Officials Association for roughly 25 years; he started officiating in 1981. Larry officiated basketball and football and was a 30-year member of the OHSAA. Larry served as a rule interpreter for 20 years at an unnamed association. He also taught a football officiating class at Lorain Community College. Larry founded the North Coast Football Clinic, which helped train new officials; this event was ahead of its time. Larry found ways to serve the association even during the offseason by holding a football rules study meeting — inviting numerous crews to participate. He always made a point to bring new officials along with his crew. Larry was an expert on rules and mechanics before the Gold Book existed. He worked numerous OHSAA Playoff games — the highest level being the regional final. Larry held a Class 1 license in four states: Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He also was a College football referee for 12 years in the IAC, Great Lakes, and OAC D2 and D3. To round off his impressive resume, Larry also officiated basketball for about 20 years, working many playoff games. Larry carried out a remarkable officiating career and gave back to his community. He coached youth basketball and baseball for ten years, served as an airline transport pilot, and was an involved member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dan Major- 2023 HOF

Dan Major was initially a member of the Firelands Area Officials Association and the Mansfield Area Officials Association from 1973-1978. He became a member of the Bay Area Officials Association in 1978 and was a member for 20 years. He served as the Rules Interpreter and the Instructor for new basketball officials for the BAOA from 1988-1998 and 1990-1995, respectively. Dan earned the privilege of officiating boy’s and girl’s All-Star games numerous times, as well as officiating the 1989 Mansfield News-Journal Boy’s All-Start game. Dan was a 10-time OHSAA Girl’s Regional tournament official from 1988-1998 and a 3-time OHSAA Girl’s State tournament official — 1990-Division II semi-finals, 1991-Division II semi-finals, and 1992 Division I state final. He received the OHSAA basketball official 25-year service award and the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association 1998 Ohio Official of the Year for girls’ basketball. One of Dan’s greatest thrills was the 1992 OHSAA Division I State Championship game. Over 10,000 fans in the St. John’s Arena set the record for the largest crowd to witness a girls’ basketball game in state history. 

Don Nardecchia- 2023 HOF

Don Nardecchia was a member of the Bay Area Officials Association for 40 years, from 1977-2017. He was elected to the Executive Board three times, serving 3-year terms each time. Throughout his time in the association, he held many positions, including Vice President, President, Past President, mechanics interpreter, and rules interpreter. Don began his officiating career for basketball in 1977. He completed his first varsity basketball game in Feb 1978 at New London against Black River High School. In the summer of 1978, Don began his football officiating career, completing his first varsity game in 1979 as a Back Judge at Port Clinton against Bellevue High School. He spent 37 years officiating basketball. He earned eight regional and many boys’ post-season assignments throughout his career. Don also worked his final three seasons with JV officials teaching them 3-man mechanics. He created the Bay Area 3-man officiating clinic in June 1997. This clinic was designed to introduce officials to 3-man mechanics at no cost. It ran as a way to ‘pay it forward,’ and Don organized it for 14 years. He spent ten years as a collegiate Women’s basketball official from 1991-2001, serving in 3 leagues. 

Don began his football officiating career in 1979 and officiated for 38 years. He spent 29 years as a back judge, nine years as a line judge, and a referee whenever needed. He worked on the same crew for 32 years with Keith Newton and Rick Jeffery. His first post-season assignment was in November 1985 at Bellevue, where Seneca East faced off against St. Joe High School. Don worked 45 post-season assignments. He served on the North Coast Football Officials Clinic committee for ten years and as a breakout lead official for six of the ten years. This clinic began with only six campers and six clinicians. In time they grew to nearly 225 campers, along with 36 pro, collegiate, and high school clinicians outgrowing high school and college venues until they held the clinic at the Cleveland Browns indoor training facility. Don’s highest honor was representing Ohio officials at the 2005 Big 33 Football Classic at Historic Hersheypark Stadium.

Keith Newton - 2023 HOF

Keith Newton was a member of the Bay Area Officials Association for 50 years. He officiated football for 50 years and basketball for 40 years. Keith served as the BAOA secretary for 30 years, from 1980-2010, and implemented the BAOA Yahoo Group for the association. Keith officiated in the football regionals for 26 years from 1986 to 2006, the football state semi-final for two years in 2005 and 2006, and the football state final in 2006. He also served as a football SBC and OHSAA tournament observer from 2013-2018.

2023 BAOA Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

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