Longtime CIAA coordinator of football officials retires

After a 39-year career at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Charles Bartlett retired from his position as coordinator of football officials at the end of December 2013. Bartlett worked as a CIAA official for 18 years and served as the coordinator of football officials for 21 years.

“We are thankful for all of Mr. Bartlett’s hard work serving the CIAA for almost 40 years,” CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said in a statement. “The CIAA congratulates him on his well-deserved retirement.”

Bartlett will be succeeded by Donnell Leathers, who has an extensive officiating resume. Liberty University alumni and a retired member of the United States Army, Leathers is currently a CIAA and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football official. He has been with the CIAA since 1989 and with the MEAC since 2000 and has officiated more than 115 NCAA Division I-AA college football games and over 120 regular season NCAA Division II college football games. He is an active member of the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association as well as three college Football Officials Associations.

Leathers also has been an active basketball official for the CIAA and the South Atlanta Conference (SAC-8) since 1989. He has officiated many regular season CIAA and SAC-8 basketball games and postseason games for NCAA Division II.

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