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Meet the State Referee Committee

Richard J Frongillo
State Referee Administrator (SRA)

Rich began his referee career as a young teenager at a time when certification was not required to officiate games in his home town of Franklin. He got involved as an administrator with the MSRC when paperwork was really paper. Fortunate to have been guided by many talented people, Rich rose in the ranks as a referee and worked with excellent referees along the way. Rich is grateful for the many relationships that have grown over decades. He served as State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) at the turn of the century and then as SRA in the early 2000s. Never far from the MSRC and referee development, Rich returns as SRA in December, 2020.

Soccer connects all. Beyond the referee community, Rich has been active as a player, a coach, an administrator, and fan of soccer for decades. View more of Rich's soccer resume.

Rich and his spouse Sandy are parents of four and guardian of another (all have been referees) living in Franklin. Rich is a business owner (Tinetrix, Franklin Soccer School, Downtown Sports), enjoys the outdoors, has driven all over the United States, has a great dog Stella, proudly clears snow off his solar panels, and shares copies of The Energy Bus with anyone.

Russ Wolf
State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA)

Russ Wolf became the State Youth Referee Administrator in 2017, Russ is a former US Soccer National Referee who currently serves the game as a Regional Futsal Referee, a State Referee Assessor, State Referee Instructor, and as a member of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Board of Directors. Russ is passionate about the education, outreach, and training of the referees serving youth soccer in Massachusetts influenced by his many years of referee experience and his love for the game.

Russ began his referee career as a high school student in 1990 in Eastern New York. In college Russ was a NCAA Division I athlete, rowing on Boston University’s crew team. After college Russ returned to refereeing soccer here in Massachusetts. Russ represented the Massachusetts Referee Community at several Regional and National youth tournaments including US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, USYSA National League Directors Cup, USYSA Region I Championships, USYSA Region I Premier League Finals, and USYSA Region I ODP Tournament.

Progressing through the ranks of youth soccer, Russ transitioned to representing Massachusetts in many Regional and National Adult soccer tournaments including USASA National Cup Finals, US Soccer Armed Forces Tournament, USASA Donnelly Cup, and US Soccer Festival. Russ was recognized by MSRC as the 2006 Massachusetts Adult Referee of the Year.

At the Professional level, Russ worked as an Assistant Referee in the NWSL, WPS, NASL, and MLS Reserve league. In 2011, Russ was honored by being selected to work as an Assistant Referee in the WPS Championship match.

A native of New York City, Russ played soccer on inner city youth teams and in high school. He received a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Telecommunication both from Boston University. While at Boston University, Russ met his wife Tara. Russ and Tara currently reside in Watertown. They have a shared passion for soccer and regularly travel across the US and Europe to watch professional soccer matches.

Kara Honthumb
State Director of Instruction (SDI)

Kara has been a National Referee coach with US Soccer since 2019. In 2020, she was selected by US Soccer to attend the FIFA Member Association Instructors Course and was also chosen to instruct at the Member Association seminars in 2020 for select US Soccer National Referees and Referee Coaches.

Kara began her role in referee development by working as a mentor for the US Officials Memorial Day Weekend Referee Academy in 2010. In 2013 she was appointed as a coordinator of the Women's Academy; she was promoted to Co-Director of the Combined Advanced Academy in 2015, alongside her husband Kevin Suares. Since then, the US Officials Referee Academy has grown into a large-scale mentoring event with referees attending from all over the United States & Canada.

Kara was born in New England but grew up in the midwest before returning “home” to study and play soccer at Boston University. During her senior year in college, a friend recommended she try refereeing intramural soccer as a student job – becoming US Soccer certified later that year. She refereed many national championship events and elite tournaments all over the country, eventually attaining her National Referee Badge from US Soccer. She was selected to the National Women's Soccer League Referee List in 2013.

Kara currently lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband, step-son Alan and their pets Buster, Boo and Casper.

Elie Nassif
State Director of Assessment (SDA)

Elie was certified as a USSF referee in 2004. He attained Grade 6 in 2005 and became an Assessor in 2008 and Instructor in 2010. He was selected to attend Regional Championships as an assessor in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He was selected to become a State Assessor and State Instructor 2016.

Appointed as MSRC Director of Mentoring 2017, he created the Massachusetts Genesis Referee Program (GRP)

Elie led numerous on-field instructional and mentoring sessions for novice as well as advanced referees.

His vision is, in concert with MSRC leadership, to help Massachusetts referees reach their highest potential and improve the quality of refereeing on the field. He is also planning on leading the transition of the instructor/assessor corps into the USSF model of Referee Mentors and Referee Coaches.

Elie was born in Lebanon and emigrated to the US at age 13. He played amateur soccer until age 40.

Elie has been married for 30 years and has 3 boys (men). He values honesty, integrity and dedication.

Fred Corey
State Director of Assignment

Fred has served on the MSRC as an Area Referee Administrator (ARA) since 2008 and has a diverse background in soccer. Fred has been officiating for over 20 years as well as assessing and instructing for over 10 years. His officiating career has been at the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) / International Football Association (IFAB), New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NEISOA) (Div 1, 2 and 3), and National Federation High School.

Fred has been a USSF Assignor since 2015 and he prides himself in assigning the right referee to the right game and the development of new referees. He knows who the veteran referees are that will confidently work with the new referees. This is a critical component in developing new referees. Fred works hard to ensure games are covered and assigned with the appropriate referees.

Fred received the Administrator of the Year award in 2009, Mentor of the Year award in 2015 and Assignor of the Year award in 2017. In 2008, he received an Official Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives for excellence in Methuen Youth Soccer Program as President, Referee Director, and Treasurer serving over 12 years. In addition, he currently serves on the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association (EMSOA) as the High School Rules Interpreter and Clinician. Fred has also been a long time member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 130 and Women’s D3 Collegiate Basketball.

As the state leader of assignors Fred is working to establish a vibrant network of assignors who can work harmoniously serving referees at every level. His initial goal is to communicate with the network of assignors and work closely with the director of our Mentoring Program. The need to establish best practices on recruitment, retention and development of referees is more important now than it ever has been. Fred believes we must always ensure to the best of our ability that the games are covered and, most importantly, with the right referee. We should not assign a game to a referee, we should assign the referee to the appropriate game.