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 at Murray High School.
With little skill, but a lot of heart and aggregation, I made the club. I was a mid-fielder and loved to run the whole of the pitch.
I was now playing the sport that would prove to be a lifelong love affair.
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 a referee gain confidence and knowledge from the IREF program.
I played, I cheered, I coached. Now…IREF.
Mark T. Probert