WHEELING — Rex Foster has one of the best seats in the house when it comes to high school track and field.
As a three-sport official, Foster doesn’t exactly have a place. But he’s at the top of the action.
Before the start of Saturday’s Class AAA state championship game between Parkersburg South and Huntington on Wheeling Island, Foster’s 25 years of service were recognized by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, which named him the 2022 Football Official of the Year.
“This is an honor that, frankly, you would never really expect.” said Foster. “To be honored in football is a great thing. All the effort, passion and things you’ve put into this crazy business of officiating over the years is just an honor that humbles me.”
Foster recently became chief of officers at the Little Kanawha Conference. Its main task is to assign match officials.
Foster has been involved in a number of organizations concerned with the office, while also serving as President of various bodies.
“I never really asked myself that” When asked what keeps him interested in not only football, but basketball and baseball as well, Foster responded.
“I’ve always been interested in sports. That’s what life is about for me – sport. I love being part of the game.”
Rex Foster was joined at the awards ceremony by his son Kyle, who played football for the University of Akron. He won many of Rex Foster’s close friends through the post. They are among the same people who attended his son’s wedding.
“Many of these officers have become my lifelong friends” said Foster. “Working with officers is about the camaraderie and the friendships you develop with people over the years.”
Foster actually has the best seat in the house when it comes to West Virginia University and men’s basketball. For several years, Foster drove to Morgantown to every Mountaineer home game, sat at the goalie table and kept WVU’s official ledger.
“I have one of the best seats in the house at the Coliseum, where I keep the official Mountaineers scorebook.” said Foster. “I sit right there in midfield at every home game.
“It’s just a fantastic opportunity. It all ties into being a basketball official, between the umpires calling the game and understanding what’s happening on the court.
Another bonus of being within earshot of a Hall of Famer. Better known as WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins.
“Bob Huggins is a great guy” said Foster. “It’s just a pleasure to go up there and be a part of this program.”
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