Bill Carollo

One of football’s most respected officials’ administrators.

Bill Carollo's key accomplishments include:

  • Former NFL referee from 1989-2008.
  • Officiated two NFL Super Bowls (XXX and XXXVII) including a third as alternate referee.
  • Worked eight NFL Conference Championships.
  • Officiated the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl.
  • Retired from the NFL in 2009.
  • Worked as a Big Ten conference football and basketball official from 1980-88.
  • Former board member and executive director of the National Football League Referees Association.
  • Currently director of officiating for the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley football conferences.
  • Created the Midwest Football Officials Alliance in 2009.
  • Recipient of the 2008 NFL Art McNally award.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
  • Elected to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Athletic Hall of Fame where he played quarterback from 1970-73 before the football program disbanded.
  • Recipient of the 2015 NFLRA Honoree award.
  • Officiated the 1988 Rose Bowl.

More about Bill Carollo:

Outside of Carollo’s football and basketball officiating experience, he also umpired baseball and two other sports at the high school level. During a period of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Carollo served as the official scorer for the American League at Milwaukee Brewer games.

During his time as director of the NFL Referees Association, Carollo was the union representative of NFL officials from 2000-2006, including during the tumultuous 2001 NFL season. The NFL and NFLRA eventually came to a six-year collective bargaining agreement ending a two-week lockout of the regular officials.

Since 2009, Carollo has been the treasurer and a board member emeritus on the NASO’s board of directors.

Carollo worked for 30 years at IBM as an international account executive before becoming vice president of global sales for ManpowerGroup.

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