Gopher State Officials Association
Darrell "Bozo" Wincek 1939 - 2021
Bozo Wincek, Gopher's beloved leader and friend to all in the officiating community, passed away on September 28, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
A 21-whistle salute to our friend and leader, Bozo Wincek.
We will strive to be more like you in all that we do.
Bozo Named 2022 Minnesota Football Coaches Association
Tom Mahoney Man of the Year
The Minnesota Football Coaches Association awarded Bozo their 2022 Tom Mahoney Man of the Year at their annual Clinic on April 1, 2022. Click on the images below from the weekend's program to read the description of Bozo and his impact on the game of football in Minnesota.
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A visitation was held on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4-8pm at Kozlak Radulovich, 1918 University Ave N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418.
A funeral was held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1621 University Ave N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413. The funeral service was followed by a lunch. Following the service and lunch, Bozo was buried at Gethsemane Cemetery, 8151 - 42nd Ave, New Hope, MN 55427.
October 3, 2021
September 28, 2021
With great sadness, Gopher State Officials Association announces the loss of our beloved leader, Bozo, after a courageous battle with cancer. We have all lost a great man, an awesome man, a man of great character, purpose, and passion, as well as a true friend.
Bozo dedicated his life to service. Bozo was fully invested in serving schools, coaches, officials, Activity Directors, and the MSHSL. Most importantly, high school student-athletes in the State of Minnesota were the winners. Bozo was a proud father-figure to all Gopher officials.
Bucky Mieras, Orono High School Activities Director said, “Bozo has been a true champion for MSHSL activities. He has been a huge part of so many lives by supporting and creating lifelong memories through participation. Bozo has demonstrated the values of sportsmanship and he spent countless hours teaching officials and communicating with coaches and AD’s the importance of creating an optimal learning experience. Bozo has excelled for students and teams throughout Minnesota and he will be greatly missed.”
Bozo worked tirelessly for Gopher State Officials Association. Bozo took the reigns as Gopher’s leader from Don Bertek when he retired in 1997, and has been the Secretary for Gopher State Officials Association ever since.
Over his more than 50 year career officiating baseball, softball, basketball, and football, Bozo estimated he officiated more than 50,000 games.
In 2015, he was inducted into the MSHSL Hall of Fame.
Bozo’s family was extremely important to him. Karen and Bozo were married in 1963. Bozo said, “I couldn’t have accomplished all the good things in Gopher or been able to receive individual and association awards without Karen’s help.” Karen and Bozo have three wonderful children: Jacki, Michelle, and Michael, as well as two fantastic grandchildren Nicole and Jessica.
A 21-whistle salute to our friend and leader, Bozo Wincek. We will strive to be more like you in all that we do.
KARE 11 Prep Sports Extra tribute to Bozo Wincek on October 1, 2021
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Dues payments for football for the 2022 season are now available to be paid on the Pay Dues page. Dues payments are due by August 1, 2022 to avoid a $25 late fee.
April 25, 2022
At the Board meeting on April 24, the Board of Directors adopted the following changes to the association's bylaws:
expand the number of members of the board to 11;
adds a board member elected directly by the members of each season's sports (fall - football; winter - basketball; spring - baseball/softball), for a total of 3.
Revised the board officers to President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Legal Counsel was eliminated.
These revisions leave two board members to be appointed to the board. Details regarding how the new members will be appointed and the sport-specific members will be elected will be shared with the association's members in the coming weeks.
April 4, 2022
The Minnesota Football Coaches Association awarded Bozo their 2022 Tom Mahoney Man of the Year at their annual Clinic on April 1, 2022. Read more about Bozo's impact on the game of football in Minnesota by clicking on the images from the weekend's program above.
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