Every two months Swimming World magazine and Maxwell Medals recognizes an official for their outstanding contributions to local swimming. Each LSC or other governing body can submit a candidate that is deserving of recognition and the winning official is selected by a sub-committee of the National Officials Committee to be recognized in Swimming World magazine every two months.
July’s recognition goes to Mike Hoffer with North Carolina Swimming. Mike served as NCS Official’s Chair from 2008-2012. During that period Mike was responsible for a number of improvements including establishing an active official’s committee, utilizing the OTS LSC certification and developing procedures for obtaining various certifications. In addition, Mike established a Coach’s/Official’s meeting which has become a standard part of the NCS HOD where coaches and officials discuss any issues. This has taken the LSC from a confrontational to a harmonious relationship between the coaches and officials.
Mike continues to devote a great deal of time as an official after his kids have completed their swimming careers.