Nine First-Year NFL Officials – Including Sarah Thomas & Walt Coleman IV – Named To 2015 NFL Officiating Roster

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2015 season will include nine first-year NFL officials, the league announced today.

The nine first-year NFL officials are graduates of the NFL Officiating Development program, which trains top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating. They will be on the field at team OTA sessions next month.

SARAH THOMAS will join the NFL as a line judge after officiating in Conference USA since 2007. Thomas is the first female to be assigned full-time to an NFL officiating crew and will be the second female to officiate in a regular-season NFL game. SHANNON EASTIN, an official in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, served as a line judge for the first three games of the 2012 NFL season.

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