How did you get into derby?
I saw the A&E show called Rollergirls and that led me to finding OHRD. I started as a track setup volunteer and wrote some bout recaps for a local paper. I was encouraged to get into officiating and have found that to be very challenging and rewarding. So here we are 12 years later!
Do you have any other hobbies?
Drumming, computers and being a grandpa.
What is your favorite derby memory thus far?
That’s really hard as there are so many. I guess the biggest is achieving Level 3 Certification as a skating official and joining only 38 others at that level or above in the world at that time. It was a ton of work, but very memorable as it was something I didn’t think I could achieve.
Who inspires you?
Every rookie class of skaters that come in and succeeds. That energy and excitement is contagious and refills my tank for that next season.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
Its an homage to Jackie Gleason’s foulmouthed Sheriff in Smokey and the Bandit. The polar opposite of straitlaced me!
Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
One pre-bout ritual for me is to listen to Halestorm’s “I am the Fire” several times in a row before a game. It really puts me in a positive frame of mind to go out and do my best.
How has derby impacted your life?
It’s given me a confidence I never had before. It’s amazing what you can learn about leadership and the way to communicate and treat people when you have been a Head Ref. You have to be decisive and learn how to think through a problem quickly and come up with an answer and go with it. And then have to explain it to people whom may possibly disagree with it.
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