AOA Centennial Keynote Speaker
Mr. Lapetina started officiating in 1971 and was a member of the AOA from 1971 through 1985. He is a
3 sport official and worked high school football through 1984. Jim was an Officer of the Football
Division and was inducted into the Inaugural AOA Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Lapetina worked the IHSA Football Championships in 1983 and 1984. He worked the IHSA
Baseball State Finals in 1987 and 1988 and also worked the IHSA State Basketball Finals in 1989,
1990, and 1991.
Jim continued to pursue his football officiating career and worked Division III and Junior College
football from 1983 to 1986. In 1986 Mr. Lapetina was selected to work Back Judge for the Gateway
Conference (now the Missouri Valley Conference), and worked in this capacity through 1991. He was
selected to work the Division 1-AA NCAA National Championship in 1989.
In 1991 Mr. Lapetina was selected to the Big 10 Conference where he worked for 15 years. He started
as a Back Judge and became a Referee in 1999. During his Big 10 career he worked 10 Bowl game
• Division I National Championship Orange Bowl in 1995 as Back Judge,
• BCS – National Championship Orange Bowl in 2001 as Alternate Referee
• BCS – National Championship Rose Bowl in 2005 as Alternate Referee
In 2006 Mr. Lapetina was selected to his current NFL position working as a Replay Official. He has
worked 6 playoff games in this position including Super Bowl XLIV.
Mr. Lapetina was also selected to work on the Arena Football Officiating Staff from 1987 to 2001. Jim
worked 4 Arena Bowls; 1989, 1990, 1995 and 2000.
Mr. Lapetina has served in the following roles:
• DuPage Valley Conference Football Assignment Chairman 1981 – 1986
• Arena Football Supervisor of Officials 2001-2011
• Asst. Supervisor of Officials for Midwest Football Alliance Div. III 2011 – 2016
• Evaluator of Official for Big 10 / MAC / Missouri Valley 2008 – 2011
• Football Officiating Instructor for College Students in China 2013
Mr. Lapetina received the All American College Football Official of the year award in 2002.
He is currently a member of the COA and a COA Hall of Fame inductee.