“It’s hard to leave teaching and training there after doing it for so long,” he said.
“I coached (St. Joseph’s athletic director) Tom Mott and his brother, Billy, in baseball games in Mission Prep,” Iribarren said.
Iribarren has led soccer, baseball and basketball matches for the past six decades. His body worked well enough that he was selected 15 times to work on the NCAA Division I soccer bowl match.
To be honored, “I must be No. 1 in my position, the line judge,” said Iribarren. “I have to work hard all year.”
John Iribarren, no relation to Willie and Cameron Iribarren who distinguishes themselves as football players for Lompoc High School, has long been Mike Ostini’s Central Coast official mentor.
“John was my mentor when I entered,” said Ostini, a 43-year veteran as an official on the Central Coast, where he was the assignment of high school football officials.
“Mike and I can talk about the new officials who will come, the young people who are preparing (to work on university matches),” said Iribarren.
“It’s a difficult thing for young people to make that commitment, but overall we have a really good year.”
The seven Ostini crew members, who also work on the Paso Robles / Righetti new student competition, together have 283 years of training experience.
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