Allison Cook is the reigning Miss Oregon and a former college volleyball player. She’s also a working official, who referees volleyball and basketball and wants to move to the major college and professional levels.
She’d like to be a Pac-12 official one day.
Cook joined me on Thursday for a wide-ranging and candid interview. Listen to the full interview with Cook. She talked about playing in next week’s Bald Faced Truth Foundation Celebrity golf tournament and what it’s like to officiate a high-level sports event.
On playing in a celebrity golf tournament:
“They can expect some raw skills. They can expect encouragement, a positive attitude… they can expect to have a great time.”
On being a mentor:
“Be the champion of your life. It doesn’t just apply to sports… overcome and become that champion, become that mentor and support system you wish you had growing up.”
On officiating sports:
“I started refereeing nine years ago. For volleyball, I’ve made it to the Division I level. I’d love to do some Pac-12 games.”
On what people need to know about referees:
“You have to remember when the official is making the call, we’ve trained for hours and hours and hours on how it should be done. But you’re given not even a half second to judge and execute the rule you studied for so many years. It happens so quickly. It’s so easy for fans to say, ‘Gosh, how did they miss it?’ … have some patience and if you’re really outspoken (as a fan) I would encourage you to give it a shot. We desperately need more officials.”
Really good stuff. A fun interview. Worth a listen.
Listen to the full interview with Allison Cook here: