With Special Guest Speakers

Bill LeMonnier
Dick Honig

Saturday, July 24, 2021 // Ann Arbor, MI

A clinic for the love of the game.

Since its launch in 2015, the annual SEMSO High School Football Officiating Clinic has focused on one goal: to improve the skills and confidence of our officials, building a stronger officiating community overall. 

Officials training is not just our job, it’s our passion.

Saturday, July 24

Registration: 8:00am

Rules Meeting: 8:30am

Clinic: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Networking Hour: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Only $65 per attendee

FEE includes:

THe SEMSO Difference

Expert Clinicians

Our clinicians are not only accomplished in the NCAA, they are rooted in local high school associations and training to stay attuned to the topics and training that matters most to you.

Specialized Training

We don't believe in one-size-fits-all.
That's why we've built specialized sessions based on your interests, position, and skill level, from rookie to college-ready.

Built By You

We take the feedback of our attendees seriously. Each year we review survey feedback and consult with our local associations to make improvements and deliver the content that matters most to you.

returning in 2020

Weber's Inn

After a great experience with our new venue in 2019, we are excited to return to Weber’s Inn this year. From extended meeting spaces to exception meals, we are proud to elevate your clinic experience with our partners at Weber’s.

3040 Jackson Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

special keynote presenters

Bill LeMonnier



Since leaving the field in 2014, Bill has dedicated numerus hours developing officials worldwide.  His training videos are circulated globally, while his insight as an ESPN rules analyst helps educate millions around the USA.  Year round, Bill dedicates countless weekends presenting at numerous clinics in Japan, Europe, Australia and throughout the United States.  A career collegiate official with over 30 years of NCAA experience, highlighted by the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, it is an absolute pleasure to welcome Bill as he brings his expertise to Michigan this summer.

Dick Honig



Dick brings another 30 years of Division I experience – 22 of which he served in the Big Ten.   Dick’s career includes over 350 NCAA Division I games, including more than 15 postseason bowl assignments.  An Ann Arbor native needing no introduction, Dick’s lifelong commitment to officials goes well beyond the field.  In addition to founding Honig’s Whistle Stop, he presently serves as the coordinator of officials for Michigan Collegiate Football Officials Association, a primary rules analyst for BTN, and produces the annual Great Lakes Collegiate Officiating Clinic.


Meet Our Clinicians

Rich Ames


After 20 successful years serving as a Deep Wing in the Mid-American Conference, Rich is looking to invest a great deal of effort to educate and train the next generation of football officials.  Rich is an evaluator and officiating scout for the Big Ten Conference, represents the newest addition to our SEMSO training staff, serving as our deep official position trainer.

Gary Blackford

referee - semso

A current Director for Consumers Energy, as well as a multi-championship high school official with nearly 30 years of experience, Gary is an outstanding leader, mentor, and role-model for upcoming officials starting their career.  We’re excited to welcome Gary back this year to lead our course focused on developing our new officials.

Brian Bower

Referee - GLIAC

Brian brings over 20 years officiating experience to his teaching. He has advanced at both the collegiate and high school level, working as a high school State Championship Referee. In addition to broad experience on the field, Brian has a passion for working within the officiating community, serving as the Associate Football Coordinator for SEMSO. As the GLIAC’s newest Referee and Crew Chief, Brian brings outstanding knowledge on how to establish and sustain a cohesive crew.


Nick Brigati

Head Line judge - MAC

Nick has a passion for advancing officials at all levels of play.  As an Assistant Director of Intramural Sports at Colorado State University, Nick is responsible for training and development of over 200 new officials each year.  His ability to train, coach, and mentor officials at all levels makes him an outstanding asset to any clinic.  We are extremely thankful to have Nick make his way from Fort Collins, CO to again provide some of the best Line of Scrimmage instruction to our officials.

Dennis Busse

Umpire - GLIAC

We are pleased to welcome Denny back this year as a SEMSO clinician, and we are lucky to have him. Dennis has 15 years of officiating experience as a multi-position official, working Line of Scrimmage, Deep, and Umpire at the NCAA Division II level.  He brings a great deal of knowledge of knowledge of how Umpire mechanics can best serve the rest of your crew.

AJ Haduch

Head Line-judge - GLIAC

AJ is returning SEMSO clinician and always a favorite of his session attendees. He’s spent 15 years officiating at both the high school and collegiate level, working as Head Line-Judge at a State Championship game. Developing a strong career within the University of Michigan, AJ has a 360-degree view of athletic programs, officiating, and leadership to share.

Bob Holcomb


Bobby brings an energetic and engaging approach to every teaching opportunity. He brings over 40 years of officiating experience, including over a decade in the Mid-American conference.  

Dave Siegle

Referee - MVFC

Dave brings over 20 years of football officiating experience to our clinic, a majority of which working as a Referee and Crew Chief.  Dave led the 2013 Division II National Championship crew and is entering his 5th season as a Division I Referee.  Dave’s insight on leadership, philosophies, and mechanics are superb.  It is a great pleasure to welcome Dave back this season!

Jeremy Valentine

Referee - MAC

In addition to his involvement with high school officiating, Jeremy showcases over 20 years of officiating experience entering his second year as a Referee and crew chief in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.  Other career highlights include the 2020 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl, 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship, 13 NCAA postseason assignments, and two high school state finals.

Chuck Walters

Referee - SEMSO

Chuck brings over 30 years of officiating experience, making him one of our most tenured clinicians. He’s been a referee at several State Championship games and serves as an MHSAA Mechanics Committee member. Chuck has a passion for high school officiating and mentoring new officials, hoping to pass his knowledge and skills to the next generation of football officials.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

We are grateful for amazing partners like you.

What Our Attendees Say

Best overall clinic information and white hat track session so far.

This staff knows their stuff.

Having attended previous clinics put on by other associations, this clinic was far superior.

Content is realistic and pertinent to today’s game.

Very well run. The information was pertinent and there wasn’t a lot of redundancy. I’d encourage others to attend.

Worthwhile to recommend and return. Nothing taken for granted.

One of the best I have attended.

Always a great event. Makes it tough to get better every year!

Best clinic I’ve attended in a long time.

It was wonderful. I learned a ton.

Well organized, well presented. Hope to attend again next year.

Outstanding, quality of clinicians was very good. I will come back next year.

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