There will be a changing of the guard in the ACC this year. Today the ACC announced Doug Rhoads, the ACC Coordinator of Football Officiating, will be retiring after nearly 40 years in the conference.
“Doug Rhoads has been a tremendous ambassador for college football officiating,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in a statement released by the ACC. “Doug consistently brought enthusiasm, knowledge and integrity to everything he did in his nearly 40 years of service to the game and the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
Rhoads got his start in the ACC in 1977 and spent the next 29 seasons as a back judge on the football field. He officiated 10 bowl games representing the ACC. Rhoads was named the ACC Coordinator of Football Officials in 2007, where he took on the responsibility of creating the game day operations center and introduced a number of new technologies for football officials to utilize. It has not always been an easy job, with implementing and enforcing new rules often coming under fire. This is true for all conferences to some extent of course.
The ACC has already started the search for a replacement to fill the vacancy in the ACC office.