MAR 04


by Jon Bible

As I matured and, somehow, moved up the ladder, I mellowed. That was the case especially when I began working in the college ranks in the mid‑’80s with officials who had been around the block, from whom I soon realized I could learn a lot. Listening to those guys at clinics and in our meetings and watching them work without attracting more than an occasional yelp about a call, I saw that I needed to re‑do my approach to things. To list all the things I focused on to improve my dealings with people would fill this magazine, but I want to address three things: establishing and maintaining a good relationship, solving problems instead of fixing blame and having a sense of humor.

For the benefit of aspiring officials who want to know what college supervisors look for, those aspects have been points of emphasis everywhere I’ve worked.

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