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Greenfield's Holder named top official

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Roger Holder was recently named the recipient of the 2012 Interscholastic Athletic Official Association Award for excellence in the sport of football. Holder was honored in a special ceremony at this weekend’s state finals.

Each year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association, recognizes and honors an outstanding official in each of 11 sports during the school year.

Holder has been a football official for 41 years. During his career he has worked every level of the state tournament, including 31 sectionals, 10 regionals, six semi-states and three state finals including last year’s 3A state championship game.

Holder was selected for this honor by a committee representing the officials associations. In Indiana there are 24 associations made up of men and women who assist in providing wholesome, worthwhile, and healthy activities for the student-athletes. Statewide, there are more than 8,000 officials licensed by the IHSAA in 11 sports.

A member of the Indiana Officials Association since 1972, Holder served as a board member, a rules chairman and the association president during his career. He has also been a licensed official in basketball and softball and has officiated numerous state finals contests in those sports as well as serving as a rules interpreter, clinician and rules chairman.

A 1967 graduate of Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School, Holder attended Ball State earning a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in elementary education, eductional administration and school superintendency. He coached the 1985 Warren Central softball state championship team and now serves as the Director of New Member Assimilation and Parish Visitation for the New Palestine United Methodist Church. He resides in Greenfield with his wife of 41 years, Anita.

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