A key hire for the MEAC

By MEAC Media Relations
Updated: December 8, 2010

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced the hiring of Rosario Amato as its Coordinator of Football Officials.

“We are pleased to welcome Rosario Amato as our Coordinator of Football Officials,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “Mr. Amato brings a wealth of experience and expertise and should prove to be a tremendous asset to our officiating program.”

Amato’s responsibilities will include the education, instruction and evaluation of MEAC football officials as well as coordinating official assignments for conference contests.

In addition, he will also be responsible for rules applications and hosting clinics. Amato brings over 30 years of college football officiating experience to the position.

From 1977-2004, he worked as referee in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) where he officiated more than 200 NCAA Division I games, including the 12 NCAA bowl games.

In 2000, he was a member of the crew that officiated the Rose Bowl.

In 2005, Amato moved from the ACC football fields to the press box serving as an instant replay official. In addition to his ACC duties, he worked the Alamo Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Cotton Bowl.

Amato, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor degree in Secondary Education as well as Industrial Engineering/Tech Options degree from North Carolina State University in 1965.

He currently serves as an Athletic Director in the Wilson Area School District (Pa.). He resides in Bethlehem, Pa., and has three children and seven grandchildren.