Alden among officials to be honored by IHSAA
John Alden of New London is among a total of 178 officials across the state of Iowa who are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association's 19th Annual Officials' Banquet and Recognition Ceremony.
The ceremony will be on Saturday, April 27, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. A social hour will start the festivities at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and recognition program.
Alden is one of 71 officials who will be recognized for 15 years of service. Others will be honored for 25, 35 and 50 years.
The ceremony will also recognize aspiring new officials, a distinguished active official and the state official of the year for each sport.
This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Pereira, a former college and NFL official who appears regularly on FOX Sports as a rules analyst.
Pereira spent 14 years as a college football official with eight post season bowl games before joining the National Football League for 14 seasons as a game official followed by being a supervisor of officiating, director of officiating and vice president of NFL officiating. He left the NFL in 2009.
With FOX, if circumstances warrant a rules interpretation, he is on hand throughout their telecasts, communicating to the network announcers and fans. He is a regular contributor to the NFL Sunday pregame show, FOX Sports.com and the network’s sports radio. His vast experience allows him to pen a weekly column, which is titled “Under Review” and ranks the 10 most impactful calls made during the previous week’s games.