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Greg Offerman

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Charles City native Greg Offerman used to burn up the track. Offerman, who ran for the Comets before UNI, became the only athlete in state history to win the Drake Relays high school 400 meter hurdles title three times when he completed the feat in 2005.

Now, it's much more common to find him on the ice. The former track star has been officiating games in the United States Hockey League the past three seasons.

Offerman began his career by officiating youth hockey games and then moved up the ladder. The former track star, whose only hockey background came playing in rec leagues and pond hockey, says he does it to keep involved with athletics.

"Officiating was a great way to continue being an athlete and stay involved in a sport and be a little competitive with it as well," he says, "So it's worked out well for me to continue to have that athletic purpose and make sure the kids out there have a safe and fair environment to play their game."

Offerman currently works in the financial aid office at the University of Wisconsin, but says he's open to moving up in the officiating ranks if an opportunity presents itself.

Mark Woodley

Sports Anchor

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