And then there’s Jeffrey (Scott) Richey. Scott has been with Sam's Club for 24 years and is currently the Tire & Battery Center Team Lead in Rome, Georgia. We saved Scott for last because he’s not a coach. He’s a ref. You can stop booing, Scott’s a good one.
"A ref must have thick skin, because even if you are right, one of the coaches is going to think you are wrong," he explained. "The parents you just learn to tune them out and focus on the game one play at a time."
Scott likes working with his hands and has worked with cars his whole life, which is why he loves working with different people and different personalities in the Tire & Battery Center. And he explains that translates really well to being a ref. He’s actually been a high school football ref for 18 years and was able to referee a state championship game this past season.
"The championship game was one of the best experiences I have had as a ref. All the hard work we put in during the off season, studying rules and trying to stay in decent shape to be able to run with these kids pays off," he said, adding that motivation he has on the field is what drives him in the club as well.
So, as you are watching the Big Game, yelling at the TV you bought at Sam’s Club, eating our Member’s Mark Sliders, remember Anthony, Adrian, Shane, Reginald and yes, even our favorite ref, Scott. It’s special people like them who have helped shape the lives of everyone of the players, coaches and refs you see on the world’s biggest stage.