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National Association of Sports Officials (NASO)

Early in 1988, the NASO Board of Directors moved to fill a void in the officiating
world, so they created the annual Gold Whistle Award. Those considered are
individuals or groups that have made significant contributions to the betterment
of officiating, exhibit a high degree of integrity and ethics and other qualities
that are held in high regard by the industry. Candidates must have a consistent
record of presenting officiating in a positive light as well as exhibiting a
“service above self” attitude. Public service to officiating, having a motivating
effect on others and/or strong community involvement are considered.

The Gold Whistle Award is among the most coveted awards in the world of
sports officiating, presented to an individual or organization that has shone
a positive light on sports officiating.

2020 NASO Gold Whistle Award
UMPS CARE Charities, Official Charity of MLB Umpires


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More information about the Gold Whistle Award



U-SPORTS and Fox 40 International Inc. sponsor annual Coach of the Year Awards. Coach of the Year is presented annually at the national championship to the Coach of the Year based on their overall record, leadership, contribution and overall team improvement. 

The Fox 40 Pealess Whistle was invented in 1987 by Ron Foxcroft – the first and only Canadian referee in NCAA basketball, who also officiated at the U SPORTS level – and has become the industry standard across numerous sports. Fox 40 will also provide all coaches

with whistles, clipboards and custom notebooks at all U SPORTS national championships.

2019-2020 Recipients:

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy • Rick Plato, Dalhousie, Men's Basketball

Peter Ennis Award • Mike Rao, Brock, Women's Basketball

Marina Van Der Merwe Award • Roel Van Maastrigt, Calgary, Women's Field Hockey

Frank Tindall Trophy • Greg Marshall, Western, Football

Father George Kehoe Memorial Award • Ryan Medel, Toronto, Men's Ice Hockey

Jim Atkinson Award • Kévin Rouet, Laval, Women's Rugby

Bob Boucher Award • Jason Kerr, Guelph, Men's Track & Field

Sue Wise Award • Jason Kerr, Guelph, Women's Track & Field

Marilyn Pomfret Award • Ken Briggs, MacEwan, Women's Volleyball

Doug Lamont, Calgary, Men's Cross Country

Steve Boyd, Queen’s, Women's Cross Country

Anthony Purcell, Dalhousie, Men’s Curling

​Garry Coderre, Alberta, Women’s Curling

Vicky Sunohara, Toronto, Women's Ice Hockey

Kwesi Loney, Carleton, Men's Soccer

Alexandre DaRocha, UQAM, Women's Soccer

Peter Carpenter, McGill, Men's Swimming

Vlastimil Cerny, Manitoba, Women's Swimming

Ben Josephson, Trinity Western, Men's Volleyball

Marty Colder, Brock, Men's Wrestling

Daniel Olver, Saskatchewan, Women's Wrestling



Ontario Football Officials Association (OFOA)

Criteria to be used in nominating an Official for the Fox 40 Ken Green award: Outstanding on-field performance at any provincial level of football, involvement and leadership in training education and certification programs, an active participant with local and provincial football officials associations' executive, a strong commitment to the development of football through officiating, has gained the respect of his fellow officials, minimum of 15 years officiating experience, minimum of 10 years working at local association level and on Executive or Advisory Board and some experience at provincial or national level.

2019 Recipient:

Murray Drinkwalter


Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)

A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL has the highest percentage
of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 80% of its
current rosters being Canadians. Players come from the NBA G-League, top
international leagues, the Canadian National Team program, and top NCAA
programs as well as from U SPORTS. The only First Division Professional
League partner of Canada Basketball, the CEBL season typically runs from
May through August. More information is available at

2020 Recipient:

Frank Rizzuti

More information about the CEBL Awards

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