On Thursday, State Senator Jim Arnold presented a resolution honoring Dave Parry for his innovative career in college football officiating. Senate Concurrent Resolution Number 33 commemorates Parry’s 50 years in the avocation of officiating and his retirement as the national coordinator for NCAA College Football Officiating.
For 32 years, Parry was a teacher, coach and athletics director for Michigan City area schools and a member of their Hall of Fame. He went on to become a Big Ten and Mid American Conference NCAA basketball official for twenty years and became known for cultivating a positive environment with the Big Ten Conference as supervisor of officials. Parry later gained recognition for bringing instant replay into the Big Ten, the first NCAA conference to do so. He also brought all eleven major college conferences under the same officiating rules, lending college officials greater flexibility among conferences.
As an NFL official from 1975 to 1990, Parry officiated twelve playoff games and four conference championships. In 1983, he officiated Super Bowl XVII. Parry also received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Outstanding Football Official Award for contributions to the sport of college football. Since 2008, he has been the national spokesperson for college officiating issues.
Parry graduated in 1957 with honors from Wabash College and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame.