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Football Officials Opportunity

A great winter football training opportunity is available from the Saginaw Valley League. The SVL HS Football Workshop will be conducted on February 8th. A number of local associations will be assisting with this training, and this is a time when officials can polish up on their skills, get recognized or learn a new sport. Check out the webpage to see what this MHSAA Recognized Camp/Clinic may offer you.

SVL HS Football Workshop
February 8

Brent Rice
Assistant Director, MHSAA
“Make the Right Call…Officiate School Sports!”

2020 Southeast Michigan Umpire Camp

Southeast Michigan Umpire Camp
15th Year!
February 14th-16th, 2020

Instructed by veteran MHSAA umpires alongside current and former NCAA and professional umpires!
Exposure to Assignors for all conferences in SE Michigan as well as the United Shores Professional Baseball League! (USPBL)

The 15th Annual SEMUC will begin on Friday, February 14th with check-in and a meet and greet session followed by “The Inside Pitch” featuring MHSAA Asst. Director Brent Rice as well as MLB Call-Up Umpire #59 Nic Lentz! All events on Friday will be held at the Livonia Marriott from 6-9 PM. (“The Inside Pitch” is optional for an additional $25; food and beverages provided)

Check in on Saturday will open at 8:00 AM followed by coffee and donuts. Instruction will commence at 9:00 AM SHARP and run through Sunday afternoon—approx. 4 PM.
The camp includes instruction on 2-man mechanics, cage work with live pitching, video feedback of cage work, classroom session for rule changes and interpretations as well as game management skills and much much MORE!

SEMUC will be held at Livonia Stevenson High School.
33500 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Late Registration (Jan. 1 – Feb. 9): $125 High School Student / $220 Adult.

Lodging is available at the Livonia Marriott for $94-$104/night with the SEMUC Room Block.

For more information, and to sign up now, visit or contact:

Matt Cowan:
Scott Walendowski: (586) 634-9012

Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Sad News – Joe Macksoud

Joseph Macksoud passed away on January 9, 2020 at the age of 67.

Joe began his career in law enforcement on September 24, 1973 as a proud member of the Detroit Police Department. Throughout the next 26 years, he worked various details until his retirement as a Lieutenant on July 7, 1999. In 2001, Joe decided that retirement wasn’t for him, and started his own investigative and security firm called J-Mack Agency.

Joe enjoyed many activities in his lifetime. He began jogging in 1974 and ran four marathons in the 1970s to the early 1980s. That wasn’t enough for Joe. In the mid 1980s, he began to lift weights to stay in shape, but started to steer himself towards bodybuilding. In the late 1980s to the early 1990s, he competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions.

Although he kept himself extremely busy, nothing gave Joe more pleasure than coaching and refereeing. He was an MHSAA official for over 40 years. As an outstanding basketball and football referee who had the chance to officiate many state finals, he was inducted into the Detroit Catholic League Coaches Hall of Fame as an official in 2004.

Joe’s coaching career began in 1970 and ended in the fall of 1993. In that span, he coached the St. Clare of Montefalco girls’ basketball team (1978-810), Dominican High School girls’ track team (1981-83) and countless basketball teams through the Detroit Police Athletic League. But by far, his proudest coaching accomplishments came while coaching football and basketball at Detroit St. Matthew from 1991-1993. In recent years, he has come out of retirement to serve as a “Special Assistant/Superfan” for the Grosse Pointe South High School boys’ lacrosse team and has motivated and inspired an entirely new generation of young men to give 100% at all times like he did.

Although he was extremely active and completely devoted to anything he was involved in, his true passion revolved around spending time with his large and extremely loving family. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by the ones he loved while laughing, joking, and enjoying a good meal.

Beloved husband of Deborah. Proud father of Justin. Dear brother of Agnes White (Hershel), Gloria Ladd, Sadi Edge, Aiai Perl (Uwe), Cathy Bruci, and Raymund Macksoud (Roseanne). Brother in-law of Rebecca Brown. Survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Thursday January 16 from 2:00-9:00 pm
A.H. Peters Funeral Home
20705 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Scripture Service 7 pm. Instate Friday January 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit 48226

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pope Francis Center, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226.

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