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Kermit Quisenberry National Referee Coach of the Week March 15th

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Kermit Quisenberry began his refereeing career in 1984 in Louisville, Ky for Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), when his youth soccer coach Kent Powell told all his players the league needed referee’s and were to become certified and be assigned 8 matches. If there was interest to continue officiating after this introductory period, then the league would pay cash game fees.  In February 1985, Kermit received his USSF grade 8 certification, and thus began his career with US SOCCER, formerly known as United States Soccer Federation. During his high school years, he worked youth games on Saturday, and Amateur games on Sunday. In 1989, Kermit upgraded to a  grade 7 Referee.

While in college, Kermit worked matches on the weekend when his busy class schedule allowed him to do so.  It was at this point that he started working collegiate matches and traveled the Midwest part of the United States with his parents and brother, officiating in various youth soccer tournaments.  In 1989 he became a referee instructor, helping him become better versed in the laws of the game and remain current on any law changes. 

From 1988 to 2004 Kermit participated as a referee at State cups, youth regional championships, amateur division level championship matches, and then in 1990, he attended the first ever ODP regional camp for referees in Ames Iowa.

In 1991, Kermit upgraded to a grade 6 state referee. In June of 1996, Kermit upgrade to a grade 5 state referee and he was selected to referee at the 1996 Snicker Youth National Finals along with 15 other referees across the United states. In 1997, he relocated from Kentucky to Florida to work for the Jacksonville University Sports Medicine department. In January 1999, Kermit became a USSF National Referee. In 2000, he became a State assessor and was appointed to USASA national Finals.

In 1994, Kermit began his career working professional soccer matches as an Assistant Referee (formerly known as Linesman) on matches in the USISL.  From 1995 to 1996, he received both Referee and Assistant Referee appointments at the professional level.  in June 1996, Kermit was appointed to his first ever Major League Soccer (MLS) match between Columbus Crew & Kansas Wiz in Columbus Ohio.  During his professional league career, Kermit worked numerous matches, highlighted by 4 Open Cup finals, 2 MLS cup finals, and was named MLS Assistant Referee of the year in 2008 and 2013. In May of 2018, Kermit’s illustrious on-field career came to a close when he retired from being an Assistant Referee at the Professional level.

From 2004 to2013, Kermit represented the United States on the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA Panel) as an Assistant Referee. He represented the US on numerous FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and CONCACAF events. In 2008, he was honored to represent the US and CONCACAF at the Beijing Olympics. At the 2008 Olympics, Kermit worked the quarterfinal match between Argentina and Holland. He was designated as an Elite Assistant Referee group for the 2010 World Cup.

Kermit’s accomplishments extend off the field to include his appointments as an instructor at numerous US SOCCER referee clinics and USYS events. In 2013, he was designated by US SOCCER as a national instructor, serving as such since that time. Kermit was appointed as the fitness instructor at the 2014 Under 20 women’s CONCACAF world cup qualifying tournament. Recently, Kermit has served as the keynote speaker for the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA), for their 2019 Referee Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a member of NISOA’s National Clinician Staff.

Kermit graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and a Master of Arts in Sports Psychology. Since 2002, Kermit has been a Teacher and Assistant Soccer Coach at Taylor Middle High School in Pierson, Florida.

When away from soccer and school, Kermit enjoys spending his time with his wonderful and supportive wife Laurie, their amazing kids, loving dogs.  Kermit and Laurie first met in 2004 and have been married since 2011. Kermit accredits his success to his family in Kentucky, they spent many hours on the road with him.  Kermit also accredits his success to the support of his wife and children.  Without them, his soccer officiating goals and accomplishments could not have been made a reality.

Kermit Quisenberry National Referee Coach of the Week March 15th.

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