Honorary Carnival Referee
Larry James, one of the greatest quarter-milers in Penn Relays history, will serve as the Honorary Carnival Referee. Currently the Dean of Athletics and Recreational Programs and Services at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, N.J., James electrified the track world when he ran the first sub-44 second 440-yard split at the Penn Relays while a Villanova sophomore in 1968. He anchored that team to the Relays record (3:06.1). Later, he was a gold (4×400-meter relay) and silver (400 meters) medalist in the Mexico City Olympic Games. Known as “The Mighty Burner,” James was a 1995 inductee on Franklin Field’s Penn Relays Wall of Fame, and was enshrined in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.
Honorary College Men’s Referee
Jerry Quiller, who is retiring this year after a highly successful career at the U.S. Military Academy, will serve as the Honorary College Men’s Referee. Quiller’s Army teams have won the Patriot League outdoor team championship for all 12 years he has been head coach. Add in cross country, indoor track and women’s track, and Quiller’s teams have swept to a total of 36 league championships. A 1964 graduate of Colorado State University, Quiller began his coaching career at the University of Colorado, and also coached at Wayne State (Mich.) University, Idaho State University, and at his alma mater before moving to West Point.
Honorary College Women’s Referee
Amy Deem, who has built the University of Miami’s women’s track progaram to national prominence, will serve as the Honorary College Women’s Referee. A 1988 graduate of the University of Ohio, Deem began her career at Miami as an intern in the athletic department, while also serving as an assistant track coach. She became head coach of the women’s team in 1990. Before she took over the program, Miami had never had a woman qualify for the NCAA championships; it can now boast 10 individual champions and 135 All-Americans. The Hurricanes won their first relay at Franklin Field in 2006, the 4×400 meters in 3:27.85, the second fastest time in the 29 years the event has been recognized as a Championship of America.
Honorary High School Boys’ Referee
Richard Swanker, who went from star athlete at North Penn (Pa.) High School to very successful Boys’ track coach at his alma mater, is the 2008 High School Boys’ Referee. Swanker’s teams compiled a 176-9-1 dual-meet record from 1982 – 2005, including a 77-meet winning streak from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. The Knights also won the PIAA Class AAA team championship in 2002. At the Relays, North Penn won the Championship of America distance medley event in 2002, and was the top American finisher in the Championship 4×800 relay in 2000 and 2002. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary and CEO of the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Honorary High School Girls’ Referee
Bob Massie, who helped gain national recognition for Simon Gratz High School’s Boys’ and Girls’ track programs, will serve as High School Girls’ Referee. A Philadelphia native who graduated from Villanova University (1968), Massie has taught English and coached in Philadelphia’s public school system for 40 years. After one year as Gratz’ Boys’ coach (1992), he added the Girls’ program the next year. His 2006 Boys’ team became the first Philadelphia Public League team to win a PIAA state Class AAA track title. His teams have won Relays watches as the top American finisher in Championship of America relays three times, 1996 (girls 4×100), and 2006 (boys 4×400, 4×800).