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Don Page - Official

03/01/2004, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Inducted in 2004

on graduated from Madison West High School in 1945. He lettered in five sports. They included Big 8 and City Football championships in 1943 and 1944. Don was named All-City and All-Big 8 end both years and named captain of the 1944 All-City Shrine team. His only participation in football after high school was punting duels with Earl "Jug" Girard, T.A. Cox and Bob Petruska in UW Physical Education Classes.

Historic Note: Capital Times - October 27, 1944 Headline: "West-East Preps Deadlock 7-7 Before Record Crowd of 10,200."

Page received his B.S. degree in 1950 and his M.S. degree in 1953 from UW - Madison.

Don's coaching positions included Edgerton High School from 1950-53 (Athletics Director, assistant foot­ball 2 years, head football 1 year, head basketball and baseball 3 years), Madison West 1953-57 (assistant foot­ball 4 years, head basketball and tennis 4 years), UW­River Falls (assistant football 15 years, head basketball 9 years, head baseball 17 years, tennis 8 years, Athletic Director from 1970-1992). He retired in August 1992.

Page has been registered as an official with the WIAA since 1950. He has officiated football, basketball, volley­ball and baseball. In 1982 and 1986, State football championship games were on his schedule as well as five other football playoff games.

Don has handled WIAA football interpretation meetings for 42 years, taught football officiating classes at UW­River Falls for 36 years, served six years on the Board of Directors - Wisconsin Shrine Bowl and officiated the 2nd Wisconsin Shrine game in 1978.

Upon retirement, Page was the supervisor of football and basketball officials for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Officiating can take you a long way. In June 1976, Don was one of the officials to help introduce USA college football to European fans. Texas A & I and Henderson State were the teams involved. Games were played in Berlin, Nuremberg, Mannheim, Vienna and Paris.

Don was named the first recipient of the "Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award" by the WFCA in 1987.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame