Pac-12 hires new officiating coordinator

The Pac-12 has named Tony Corrente, an NFL official since 1995, the conference's new coordinator of football officiating.

"Tony Corrente has extensive experience in both college football and the NFL and has earned the reputation as one of the most respected leaders in officiating," commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "With numerous NFL postseason assignments in his background, including the Super Bowl, Tony has worked at the very highest levels in the sport. We are very fortunate to have him leading our new football officiating program."

Mike Pereira, who served in the role as coordinator of football officiating on an interim basis since February, will remain as a consultant through the 2011-12 season as he continues to implement changes in the officiating program, the news release said.

Pereira initially brought on Corrente as a referee supervisor to review and evaluate officials working that position on the field. Corrente will be responsible for game assignments, best practices and training methods, as well as continuing to evaluate the officials through innovative technology.

“This is a welcomed challenge and I really look forward to working in the new structure of the Pac-12 Conference, and with the quality of officials we have on our staff,” Corrente said in the news release. “I credit Mike Pereira for laying the groundwork in restructuring the program, and know our officials will be prepared in positioning the Pac-12 officiating program as a role model program.”

Corrente will continue to work as an on-field official. As an NFL Referee, he has worked Super Bowl XLI and as an alternate in Super Bowl XL, as well as numerous AFC and NFC championship and playoff games. In addition, he was a history and sociology instructor, as well as a successful baseball coach at La Mirada High School, La Mirada, Calif., from 1983-2011.