Gopher State Officials Association

Since 1965, serving members of the Minnesota State High School League by providing high school officials in baseball, basketball, football, and softball and educating officials who are members of the association.

Gopher Officials Recognition Event 

Join Gopher State Officials for an Officials' Recognition Event 

April 7, 2024 at the Minnetonka Community Education Center

featured speaker will be MSHSL Assistant Director and Head of Officials Jason Nickelby

Awards for Rookie of the Year, Bozo Wincek Award, and Retired Officials 

Tickets are $25 for an individual, $45 for two

Register by clicking here. Learn more by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you on April 7!

Gopher Officials Most Recent News 

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last updated November 10, 2023 and includes information about 

the Gopher State Officials Recognition Event. 

November 10, 2023

Gopher State Officials Association will be hosting our first ever officials’ recognition event on Sunday, April 7, 2024 beginning at 5:30 pm. The Board of Directors is looking forward to celebrating and recognizing all Gopher officials with a fun and collegial evening. The event will be held at the Minnetonka Community Education Center.


Many things are planned for April 7 and your presence is requested. Officials and their guests can look forwards to a great meal, officials awards for years of service, recognizing retired officials, lifetime achievement awards, rookie officials of the year in each sport, and recognizing the individual who will receive the first ever Bozo Wincek Award.


Jason Nickleby from the Minnesota High School League will be our featured guest speaker. We have many door prizes to give out from some of our officials supply partners. It promises to be a fun and unique evening. Watch your email or the Gopher website in early January for your official invitation. Please save the date – Sunday, April 7, 2024. Thank you!

October 30, 2023

Gopher leadership

At a meeting last night, the Gopher State Board selected Matt Olson to be the next President of the Association. Matt is excited to build on the leadership of Rick DeGardner, Bozo Wincek, Mike Madden, Greg Swan, and all the great leadership our Association has been blessed with over the years. He looks forward to working with the Board and members of the Association to strengthen Gopher’s relationships with ADs, schools, and our officials. And Matt looks forward to working with the board to do what Gopher does best - train, recruit, and assign high quality officials for every game. 

If you have questions or want to reach out, Matt can be reached at (612) 202-4601, or

Also at last night's meeting, Steve Makowski and Rolf Fiebiger were reappointed to At Large board seats for 3 year terms. The seat vacated by Rick DeGardner will be addressed at a later meeting. Thank you to all who have indicated their interest in that position. 

Gopher State Officials in Action

Last updated November 30, 2023


Bozo Wincek

A tribute page for Gopher's longtime leader Bozo Wincek has been added to the site. It is available here, or under the "About" tab up above.

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