May 15, 2008
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten announced today that former conference and National Football League (NFL) official Bill Carollo will assume the role of Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials beginning on Jan. 1, 2009.
Carollo served as a Big Ten football official from 1980-88 and will conclude a two-decade career with the NFL in 2008. He officiated Super Bowls XXX and XXXVII, was selected as an alternate referee for Super Bowl XXXVIII and managed seven AFC or NFC Championship games in his career.
"We are excited to announce the hiring of Bill Carollo as the incoming Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials," said Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. "Bill has had an outstanding career as both a college and professional official and we believe his experience and background make him the ideal fit for this new role."
"I am honored to have been selected to lead the Big Ten football officiating program and very appreciative of this tremendous opportunity," said Carollo. "The Big Ten has seen significant periods of change and growth since my days as an official. I look forward to helping maintain its preeminent position as one of the top conferences in the country."
Carollo is an officer and board member of the National Association of Sports Officials and formerly served as the Executive Director and a board member of the NFL Referees' Association. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager in Global Sales for Manpower. Carollo joined the company in 2004 after spending 30 years at IBM as an Information Technology executive leading sales and marketing for IBM's largest global clients.
The 20-year NFL official earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974 with a focus on industrial relations. He also completed several advanced Business Management Programs through IBM's continued education programs at the Harvard Business School and the London School of Business.
Carollo remains active in a variety of youth, community and charitable organizations throughout the Milwaukee area and around the country, including involvement with the Children's Hospital of Milwaukee, Special Olympics, Make a Wish Foundation and NFL Charities. He currently resides in Shorewood, Wis., with his wife, Mo, and four children.