Monthly Awards

Referee of the Month - April 2013 Nikki Ruesch - Coastal California Zone

The winner of the S & R Sport Referee of the Month for April 2013 is Nikki Ruesch of the Coastal California Zone. For winning referee of the month Nikki receives a $50 gift certificate to

Nikki has been in the sport most of her life as a player, part-time coach, and referee. She began her officiating career right out of high school and has pursued that passion off and on while enjoying a stellar playing career in High School and at Chaffey and Pomona -Pitzer Colleges.

She played at Upland High School in California where she was part of three consecutive CIF Championship teams before taking her talents to Chaffey College where she earned All American Honors in both Swimming and Water Polo.

Nikki then transferred to Pomona-Ptizer college and continued her All American Ways, all the while refereeing as much as time allowed.

Her officiating career slowed a bit while she finished her Master's Degree in Education, but now that that is complete Nikki is back full time, with all the attitude and desire that make for a successful referee.

She has dedicated herself to the craft, and continues to seek opportunities for education and training whenever possible.

She has come to the forefront as a referee in the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program giving numerous volunteer hours for the good of the cause, both for her professional growth and in the interest of the development of the athletes and the program.

In recognition of her achievements, Nikki was just named "Top Official" at the Pacific Coast ODP Regional Championships in March.

We are happy and proud to have a referee of Nikki's character and quality among out ranks.





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