Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
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.
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Time for NFL to end use of cheerleaders
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The NFL was praised for hiring Jen Welter as an assistant coach with the Cardinals and Sarah Thomas as a referee. Promoting women into prominent roles in major sports leagues is a positive move, especially in a league like the NFL that for too long has held antiquated views about women. But despite...
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MRSA Strikes Yet Again - Monday Morning Quarterback
Google News - over 1 year
Monday Morning Quarterback MRSA Strikes Yet Again Monday Morning Quarterback Giants tight end Daniel Fells has had five surgeries in the hopes of saving his foot. Plus thoughts on the Sarah Thomas overreaction, a couple veterans coming out of the woodwork, and the time Washington GM Bruce Allen threatened to sue every NFL owner. NFL player hospitalized with MRSA, doctors hope he won't need amputationMorning Ticker Sources: Doctors optimistic Daniel Fells won't lose foot from infectionESPN NY Giants' Daniel Fells' MRSA Battle Highlights Infection Risk in Contact SportsABC News all 22 news articles »
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Watch: Sarah Thomas Making NFL History
ABC News - almost 2 years
Mother of three is about to make her debut as the first female NFL referee.
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4/8: How surveillance video paved way for Tsarnaev's guilty verdict; Sarah Thomas "honored" to be first full-time female NFL ref
CBS News - almost 2 years
A federal jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts linked to the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon; and, the NFL has named Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female referee. Thomas, a mother and a pharmaceutical sales rep, talked to CBS News' Jeff Glor about the new job and how officiating has changed the way she watches football.
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NFL hires its first woman to officiate games full-time
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The National Football League (NFL) on Wednesday said it would hire a woman for the first time to officiate games full-time for the most popular U.S. sport. Sarah Thomas, 41, will join the NFL as a line judge after officiating in Conference USA, a college league, since 2007, the league said. "I did not set out to become an NFL official," said Thomas, who has been working in the NFL's Officiating Development Program.
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Reports: NFL hires first full-time female referee
CBS News - almost 2 years
The National Football League reportedly has hired Sarah Thomas as its first permanent female referee. She has experience in college games. Thomas is said to be one of eight new officials hired by the league. Mark Strassmann reports.
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Report: Sarah Thomas to be NFL's first full-time female official
ABC News - almost 2 years
Former Conference USA official Sarah Thomas is set to become the NFL's first full-time female official, The Baltimore Sun reported on Friday. An NFL spokesperson would not confirm Thomas' hiring, saying that this year's roster of officials is not yet complete. Thomas has officiated NFL preseason games as a line judge while in the league's training program. Technically, replacement referee Shannon Eastin was the first woman to officiate an NFL game during the 2012 lockout. But breaking that barrier wasn't why Thomas got in the game, she told espnW in 2013. "The thing is, I've never set out to be the first and that hasn't changed," said Thomas, who first started officiating football games in 1996. "I do this because I love it." The NFL identifies promising college referees and Thomas has been in the NFL pipeline since 2013, although the NFL saw her potential long before that. She was on a course to be part of the NFL's training program, but. ...
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Clap For Her: Sarah Thomas Is Top Choice In NFL Officiating Program To Become The First Full-Time Female Referee!
Bossip - over 3 years
Change done came… NFL May Hire First Full-Time Female Referee With Sarah Thomas Via Yahoo!/GMA Sarah Thomas is on track to make history. The married mother of three and self-described tomboy is poised to become the first full-time referee for the NFL. After nearly 16 years of officiating grade school, high school and college football games, Thomas, 39, was discovered by a scout for the NFL. Sarah Thomas Ready for NFL’s Call Gerald Austin, a retired NFL official, recalled his conversation with the scout. “He called me one day and said, ‘I have an official that I think you need to look at,’” he said. “I said, ‘OK, Joe, what’s his name?’ And he says, ‘His name is Sarah.’ I said, ‘Sarah?’ He said, ‘Yeah, he’s a she.’” Thomas, a Mississippi native, is now one of 21 finalists in the NFL officiating development program. She’s a top contender for the next available slot, meaning she could shatter the glass ceiling and become the league’s first permanent female game officia ...
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Hockey: Two Scots in pre-Olympic event squad
Scotsman - almost 5 years
SCOTS duo Laura Bartlett and Emily Maguire’s chances of an Olympic call-up were boosted when they were included in the Great Britain squad for the VISA International Invitational Tournament in London on 2-6 May. The opposition – China, Korea and world No 2 Argentina are all Olympic participants but coach Danny Kerry made it clear that the 18 players chosen are not Olympic certainties. He said: “The final Olympic team will not necessarily come from this squad. Korea and China will both be in our pool for the Games so there will also be an element of keeping back some aspects of our game.” It is still, however, encouraging for both Bartlett and ex-Glynhill Kelburne defender Maguire, an Olympic novice. Former Milne Craig Western midfielder Bartlett made her Olympic debut in Beijing four years ago. The other Scots in the Olympic training squad, VWS Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce and Canterbury goalkeeper Abi Walker missed out for now. Squad: Ashleigh Ball, Nicola White (Slough), Crist ...
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Kids’ sports weekely wrapup
Nashua Telegraph - almost 5 years
GYMNASTICS NSG Level 4 takes 4th at state meet Nashua School of Gymnastics Levels 4-10 gymnasts participated in the State Meet in Stratham. Level 5 finished fourth while Level 4 was eighth. Level 4 (Ages 6-7) Amanda Beauregard had an All Around Score of 36.15 (9th); she scored a 9.225 (5th) on vault, 8.4 on bars, 9.2 (7th) on beam and 9.325 (1st) on floor. Cristina Cross had an All Around Score of 35.425; she scored a 9.2 (6th) on vault, 9.075 (6th) on bars, 8.15 on beam and 9.0 (9th) on floor. Casey Orner had an All Around Score of 35.3; she scored a 8.25 on vault, 9.0 (8th) on bars, 9.125 (8th) on beam and 8.925 (10th ) on floor. Level 4 (8) Sue Mai White had an All Around Score of 36.775 (9th); she scored a 9.325 (3rd ) on vault, 9.275 (7th) on bars, 9.075 (9th place) on beam and 9.1 (13th) on floor. April Koczalka had an All Around Score of 35.275; she scored an 9.025 (15th) on vault, 8.8 (17th) on bars, 8.625 on beam and 8.825 on floor. Annika Sinclair had an All Around Sco ...
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Cripples get one over Americans - The Dominion Post
Google News - over 5 years
The touring Milwaukee team had a secret weapon in winger Sarah Thomas, 24, one of three women playing for the side – who wasn't fazed one bit about the guys she was up against. "I play against a lot of big girls, so it's not too different
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sarah Thomas
  • 2010
    Age 37
    She also officiates United Football League games, and in 2010 worked the league championship game.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas was born in 1973 in Mississippi. She attended Pascagoula High School, where she lettered five times in softball. She attended the University of Mobile on a basketball scholarship and was an academic all-American. Thomas resides in Brandon, Mississippi and is married with two children. She works as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    As of 2009, Thomas was one of five female officials in major college football and the only one at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
    More Details Hide Details She is also listed as a prospective candidate for officials in the National Football League and has worked New Orleans Saints scrimmages.
    By the 2009 season, Thomas was assigned to a crew and working a full schedule of 11 games.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, she was selected to work the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, making her the first woman to officiate a bowl game. Regarding her presence, game MVP Martin Ward, Marshall running back, said "I noticed her before the game, but that was it. Once the game started, she was just doing the job that the line judge does in every game we play. It didn’t matter that she was a woman at all."
  • 2007
    Age 34
    In 2007, Thomas became the first woman to officiate a major college football game, working a game between Memphis and Jacksonville State.
    More Details Hide Details Before that game, Austin said, "She came highly recommended by two NFL scouts. She has a good presence and demeanor. I feel like she has the ability and courage to make a call, and the guts to not make one, too."
  • 2006
    Age 33
    In 2006, Gerry Austin, Conference USA's coordinator of officials and a former NFL official, invited her to an officials' camp.
    More Details Hide Details Austin was impressed with her skills and hired her for the Conference USA staff.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    She worked her first varsity high school game in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 23
    Thomas began her officiating career in 1996, when she attended a meeting of the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association.
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  • 1973
    Age 0
    Born in 1973.
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