Virginia Tech Recreational Sports intramural graduate assistant Jeff Feldhaus was chosen for the second consecutive year to officiate the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Flag Football Tournament held Dec. 28 to 31 in New Orleans.

He left this year's tournament with All-American honors.

“Being chosen as one of the best intramural officials in the country is an honor,” said Feldhaus, of Omaha, Neb., a first-year graduate student working towards a master’s degree in forestry in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. He earned an undergraduate degree from Creighton University with a degree in exercise science.

More than 60 teams from all over the country participated in the three-day flag football tournament.  Games were played in four divisions: women’s collegiate, men’s collegiate, co-rec collegiate, and men’s open. 

Four officials were chosen to referee each of these final games and from those, 12 were chosen as All-Americans. A committee of National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association professional members served as the officials committee, providing feedback and evaluations to the officials, as well as selecting the All-American officials.

“I enjoyed refereeing at the tournament with other referees who share my passion,” said Feldhaus. “It was a great experience and I plan to return next year as a member of the officials committee and evaluate the officials.”

As an intramural graduate assistant, Feldhaus hires and trains Recreational Sports officials for all intramural sports. He also schedules teams, supervisors, and officials for regular season games and playoffs.

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Written by Hannah Wilson, of Danville, Va., a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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