I have been in love the game of soccer ever since I saw it on TV in Thailand in 1974. I was fascinated with the foot skill and speed of the game. It was 9 years before I played
organized soccer in high school.
In 1983 with little skill and knowledge of the game, but a ton of heart and aggregation, I made the Murray High club soccer team. I played mid-fielder and loved to run the whole of the pitch. I can still hear my Scottish coach yelling at me to get back into the shape.
I played on various teams until 2004. I started coaching my kids' rec and then comp teams until 2010. Then I took up the whistle.
In Refereeing, I found a passion that has brought me great joy by being close to the game I love. I also find great joy in teaching and mentoring young referees. It is so satisfying to see referee's gain confidence and knowledge through the IREF program.
I played, I cheered, I coached. Now…IREF.
Mark T. Probert