COLORADO SPRINGS– The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced the hire of 30-year veteran track & field official Rich Ricketts to its staff in the newly created position of Coordinator of Track and Field Championships Officials, effective immediately.
Ricketts, a United States Association of Track and Field National Level official, will be upgrading his certification to Master Level in 2013. His experience as an official dates to 1982 and includes numerous conference, regional, and national collegiate championship events in NCAA Division I and II competition throughout Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. He has been selected as the Track Referee for the upcoming 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet in Pueblo, Colo. In addition, he is a Certified Colorado High School Official Starter, presiding over five state championship meets. Ricketts’ prior administrative experience includes service on the USATF Colorado Officials Committee and the Officials Committee of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
“I am excited about this new position,” Ricketts expressed. “I feel this is a big step forward for the meet administration for the RMAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With the RMAC being one of the premier track and field conferences in Division II, we should now be more consistent in the officiating of the conference championships. I want to thank (RMAC Assistant Commissioner) Sarah Meier, (RMAC Commissioner) J.R. Smith, and the conference coaches, for their support, and the RMAC athletic directors for their approval of the plan.”
In his new position, Ricketts will work closely with host institutions to select and assign certified officials and qualified volunteers to fairly and safely conduct RMAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship meets. He will be responsible for developing and implementing an approved officials rating system as well as organizing and standardizing the evaluation process. Additionally, Ricketts will implement RMAC policies and directives, advise the RMAC Officials Committee, and expedite communication among coaches, administrators, and officials.
Commissioner Smith offered his endorsement. “Rich has vast experience in track and field and with the RMAC. He will bring a professionalism and consistency that enhances our track championships and is reflective of the caliber of track in our conference.”