Sarah Thomas

Football Official + Line Judge + Marshal
Born 1973

Sarah Thomas is a college football official who became the first woman to officiate a bowl game when she worked as a line judge during the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl between Marshall and Ohio. Later (in 2011) she became the first woman to officiate in a Big Ten stadium when Northwestern hosted Rice on November 12th.… Read More

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1973 Birth Born in 1973.


1996 23 Years Old Thomas began her officiating career in 1996, when she attended a meeting of the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association.
1999 26 Years Old She worked her first varsity high school game in 1999.


2006 33 Years Old In 2006, Gerry Austin, Conference USA's coordinator of officials and a former NFL official, invited her to an officials' camp. … Read More
2007 34 Years Old In 2007, Thomas became the first woman to officiate a major college football game, working a game between Memphis and Jacksonville State. … Read More
2009 36 Years Old 1 More Event
By the 2009 season, Thomas was assigned to a crew and working a full schedule of 11 games. … Read More
2010 37 Years Old She also officiates United Football League games, and in 2010 worked the league championship game. … Read More
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