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RACINE, Wis. — Esse Baharmast, a 1998 World Cup referee and 1997 MLS referee of the year, was selected by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) as the recipient of its 2011 Gold Whistle Award.
“Esse Baharmast represents all the qualities of professionalism in officiating,” said NASO President Barry Mano. “His personal ethic, his hard work and his caring about the officiating community is without parallel. When he was on the pitch, his conduct and capability brought a special credibility to the match. Away from the game itself his influence has been even greater. He teaches, mentors and helps other officials excel. He has a unique talent for that. Esse represents officiating in a way that makes every one of us proud. He is such a credit to our industry.” ...
See the complete NASO press release archives here. Previous recipients of the award can be found here.
Kicking Back Comments: Esse is certainly one of the great referees of our time. Based on his resume and accomplishments is certainly deserving of this laurel.
Special thanks to C.W. Rice for bringing this forward.