News and Features
SRA Richard Frongillo announces the appointment of Kevin Suares of Dartmouth as the new State Director of Mentoring. Kevin has spent many years supporting and developing referees in many capacities and in multiple states. We are fortunate to have Kevin in Massachusetts with his boundless enthusiasm and great ideas, and we look forward to seeing what Kevin can accomplish in this very important role. You can read more about Kevin on our staff page.
The referee world has been shaken today with the loss off Angelo Bratsis who passed away after battling COVID for an extended time. We grieve with Angelo's family and send them our deepest condolences. Angelo Bratsis Obituary.
Live Chat will be available on a trial basis as we continue to try to improve the ways that we can assist referees through their certification and recertification program. Look for the chat icon on the bottom-right of the website; when it is there, we are open for Live Chat business! Click on the icon to get started! We are a small staff, so if your question will require some significant investigation, we will follow up through email.
Video (1:51) introducing new information in everyone's MSRC profile indicating status of one's Supplemental Courses from US Soccer Learning Center.
Video (3:32) giving a tutorial on how to access the new, required Supplemental Courses within the US Soccer Learning Center.
Today we launch our renovated website! We hope you enjoy the updated look! Some particular notes of interest about the new site:
- MSRC Central is the database side of the MSRC website that includes all things related to our dynamic data — referee profiles, course schedules and management, assignor access, etc.
- To log in to your MSRC account, click on the icon in the top-right of this page!
- The new Referee Grades page explains the evolution and status of referee grades which have undergone major changes.
- With more focus on safety and online education, the process of certification and recertification of referees has been dramatically modified. The new Steps to Become a Referee and updated Recertification FAQ list the requirements which now include Supplemental Courses from US Soccer.
- The MSRC 2021 Meeting Schedule has been posted. Look for the "Town Hall" meetings being held quarterly.
We know of more information we want to include on the website as we move forward. If you have suggestions, please contact us.
SRA Richard Frongillo announces the appointment of Elie Nassif of Attleboro as the new State Director of Assessment (SDA). Elie has held several roles in support of referee development. Since 2017 he has served as MSRC Director of Mentoring and was a creator of the Massachusetts Genesis Referee Program (GRP). We are pleased to have Elie's forces of honesty, integrity, and dedication in our midst.
SRA Richard Frongillo announces the appointment of Fred Corey of Methuen as the new State Director of Assignment a.k.a. State Assignor Coordinator (SAC). Fred has served the game in several roles including working on the MSRC as an Area Referee Administrator (ARA) since 2008. Knowing of his strong communication and organizational skills we look forward to all that Fred will accomplish in his new role.
At the first MSRC meeting of 2021 SRA Richard Frongillo announces the appointment of Kara Honthumb of Dartmouth as the new 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. The MSRC and the referees of our state are fortunate to have Kara sharing her passion for referee development.
Mass Youth Soccer President Bob Trudeau announces the reappointment of Russ Wolf of Watertown as State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA). Russ was lauded for his outstanding service to the MSRC, overall support to the youth referee community, and his extensive efforts to identify high potential officials for development and advancement as well as the positive relationships he has established with affiliated youth leagues. The appointment is a two-year term to December, 2022.
Many of you may have heard that Peter Kokolski is stepping down as our SRA. Peter has done a great job leading the organization, and we speak for everyone in expressing our appreciation and gratitude for the work he has done.
In an effort to fill those shoes, we have appointed Rich Frongillo to be the new SRA for Massachusetts, effective December 1. Many of you may know Rich from a variety of activities. He has been very visible as both an Instructor and Development Advisor, in addition to his being around the game for over 30 years as a referee, assessor and assignor. Rich brings a wealth of administrative experience to the job as well, having actually served as our SRA some 20 years ago. We are happy to have him back.