BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (February 3, 2020) - John McDaid, a veteran of football officiating for more than three decades including 24 years on the collegiate level, and a referee in three conferences since 2006, has been named SEC Coordinator of Football Officials, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Monday.
McDaid, a 1987 Harvard University graduate, replaces Steve Shaw who served as the SEC's football officiating coordinator since 2011. Shaw was recently named college football's national coordinator by the board of managers for the College Football Officiating, LLC.
"John is widely recognized as one of the finest football officials in the nation and we are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and ability serving in this important leadership position for our conference," said Sankey. "His educational background, successful officiating career and extensive management experience with Microsoft have prepared him to successfully guide the SEC's football officiating program into the future."
McDaid has served as a referee in the Southeastern Conference since 2015, joining the SEC after two years in the same position with the American Athletic Conference. He was a referee in the Big East Conference from 2006-2012 and a back judge in the Big East from 2001-2005.
Under a cooperative agreement between the two conferences, McDaid will also serve as Coordinator of Football Officials for the Sun Belt Conference.
"I am excited to serve in a leadership position that will afford me the opportunity to transition from leading a crew of eight officials on the field to developing and supporting an entire staff of officials in the Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference," McDaid said. "I am committed to building on the solid foundation established by Steve Shaw and others before him to ensure the best officials are serving both conferences at the highest level."
McDaid has worked on the field for 16 postseason bowl games, including four College Football Playoff New Year's Six Games and the 2010 Bowl Championship Series title game. He was also the referee for the 2017 SEC Championship Game and worked the Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy in Dublin, Ireland in 2012 as well as the Army-Navy game in 2013.
McDaid has worked professionally in positions of identifying, designing, capturing, engineering and delivering high technology solutions for government and commercial customers. He has worked in a sales director position for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA, since 2012 and previously held management positions located in Washington, DC, and San Diego, CA with technology companies that served the aerospace and homeland security industries.
Shaw leaves the SEC after nine years and will continue to be the Secretary-Rules Editor for the NCAA Football Rules Committee.
Others on John McDaid:
"All of us at the American Athletic Conference send our congratulations and best wishes to John McDaid on this well-earned appointment. John is a superb choice for this important position and will do a great job. He has done a terrific job for the SEC on the field and was an outstanding official in the Big East and then in the American. He is also one of the finest gentlemen one could ever meet. College football officiating is collaborative, and we look forward to working with John and the coordinators of the other FBS conferences, as well as our new national coordinator, Steve Shaw." - Mike Aresco, American Athletic Conference Commissioner
"I worked with John early in his career and recognized his leadership qualities very early on. He exhibits a quiet leadership that will serve him well in this position. He will do a great job in the SEC." - Johnny Grier, the NFL's first African-American to work in the referee position, back judge in Super Bowl XXII and former Supervisor of Football Officials for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
"The characteristics you want in an official are to be objective and fair, and for a coordinator you want consistency, honesty and openness. John will bring all of those traits to this position for the SEC. He is a good listener and his work ethic speaks volumes." - Gene Steratore, former NFL official and current rules analyst for CBS Sports
"John has been a highly successful and respected official going back to his days in the old Big East. His work ethic and integrity will serve him well in his new position." - Mike Tranghese, former Big East commissioner