Hall of Famer earned his stripes as football referee – SMA Alum (Class of 1967)
When Steve Coover was a freshman at Grossmont College, scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins to earn money, he made a life-changing decision.
“One day my dad asked me to consider joining him officiating football games,” he said. “He pointed out it was weekend work, it didn’t interfere with playing football, and it paid $18 a game.
“I thought that was gold. It allowed me to stay in the game, make some money and work my way through college.”
From that humble start, Coover rose through the ranks to his current role as instructional chairman for the San Diego County Football Officials’ Association, in addition to scouting officials on the side for the NFL and NCAA.
Thirty-nine years later, he has touched the lives of thousands of athletes, coaches and officials.
You have a question about the rules of football, Coover knows the answers. But it isn’t enforcing rules that keeps him on the field and in the classroom teaching up-and-coming officials.
“I’ve stuck with it because it’s fun,” said Coover, who was a former principal at Mount Miguel High School.
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