Longtime officials Ron Collins of Butte and Tony Laslovich of Anaconda are among the six members of the 2014 Montana Officials Association Hall of Fame.
Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High School Association, announced today that Collins and Laslovich have been selected for the 2014 Hall of Fame class along with Mike Anderson of Bozeman, Marty Derrig of Billings, John Laney of Miles City and Randy Morrison of Belgrade.
Collins retired from officiating in 2010-11 after 42 years as a master wrestling official. His officiating career included post season assignment on a yearly basis at all levels. His recorded history of post season assignment includes over thirty state tournaments and more than twenty-five divisional tournaments.
Known for his “Flying Pin,” Collins was the pool leader for the Butte area wrestling officials for over three decades. His unique perspective and judgment made him a leader and major contributor to the sport of wrestling in Montana and nationwide. He was chosen as Montana’s wrestling official of the year in 1996 and also in 2009, and as the National Federation of High School’s wrestling official of the year in 2008.
Laslovich was an officiating triple threat, and worked at all classification levels – volleyball for 29 years, football for 31 years, and both boys’ and girls’ basketball all of this 33 years as an MOA official. His post season assignment numbers are remarkable and include fourteen football playoff games, fifteen state basketball tournaments and seventeen state volleyball tournaments.
Laslovich was chosen as Montana’s basketball official of the year in 2002-03 and volleyball official of the year in 2006-07. He was the pool leader in Anaconda for both volleyball and basketball. His mentoring skills and genuine personality made Laslovich a respected and beloved official not only by his fellow MOA’s, but also by the athletes, coaches and fans who knew that Laslovich worked with a strong sense of professionalism and what was best and fair for everyone involved.
Anderson’s officiating career spanned forty-three years. He was ranked as a master or top-rated football official for 38 of those years. Anderson was selected to officiate more than thirty post season football playoff contests at every classification level, including five state championship games. He also officiated boys’ and girls’ basketball at the master level for 38 years and worked post season basketball contests at the state, divisional and district level.
Anderson was a member of the Gallatin Valley MOA football and basketball pools. He was a leader in both pools serving in several positions, including president and as a member of the assignment committees. Anderson went out of his way to recruit and mentor countless officials in the Bozeman area. He was and continues to be an advocate for high school athletics and for the MOA.
Derrig was an MOA official for 35 years. He worked football and both boys’ and girls’ basketball. Derrig officiated basketball at all levels and was chosen to work several post season tournaments over the years. In football, he officiated at all levels as well, and worked over thirty playoff contests, including state championships games in AA, B and C classifications.
Derring began his career working out of the Miles City pools and then finished while working in the Billings area. He was as comfortable officiating with new officials as he was working the high profile games with the seasoned master officials. His court/field presence was that of someone who was confident and secure, yet approachable and self-effacing.
Laney officiated high school football for 28 years. He was assigned nearly 50 playoff football contests, including eight state championship games. Laney also officiated the Mon-Dak All Star football game a total of five times.
Laney was president and assignor of the Miles City football pool for 15 years. His quick wit and sense of humor with fellow officials, coaches, players and fans helped turn potential problems into positive situations. Laney also served two terms as the MOA Regional Director for Region 9, taking on a leadership role for officials in all sports.
Morrison was an MOA basketball official for 26 years. He is credited with nearly sixty post season assignments, including eighteen state tournaments and the Montana/Wyoming All Star game.
Morrison was selected as Montana’s basketball official of the year in 1986. He was also the pool leader and assignor for the Worden basketball pool for more than ten years and led the pool’s study club meetings. Morrison was recruited as a member of the MOA panel that traveled the state presenting NFHS three-person basketball mechanics. His work with the panel was instrumental in implementing these new mechanics procedures.