North Dakota Officials Association announces 2017-18 HOF Inductees

September 19, 2017 9:00 am

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) announces the 48th induction class to the 2017-18 Hall of Fame as determined at its recent Board of Directors meeting. The inductees will be recognized and receive awards at various North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) events during the 2017-18 school year. Inductees are:

Mike Deutsch - Fargo

Mike Deutsch has officiated high school football and basketball for thirty-eight years in North Dakota.
During that time, Mike officiated in 30-plus years of football playoffs, including 10 state championships in North Dakota and Minnesota. Mike also worked college games in the NDCAC, MIAC, NCC, Gateway Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference, culminating in a NCAA National Championship game in Florence, Ala. Mike served as a Football Workshop Supervisor in Southeast ND for several years. He also served as Vice President and President of the Red River Valley Officials Association. Before retiring from on the field officiating, he taught football and basketball officiating classes at North Dakota State University. Mike owns and operates Deutsch’s Office Supplies in Fargo where he and his wife Maggie reside. Their children, Joe, Danny and Elizabeth, all live in Fargo with seven grandchildren.



John Nelson – West Fargo

John Nelson officiated high school and college wrestling in North Dakota for thirty-four years. During that time, John officiated in 21 State Wrestling Tournaments and was selected to be the head official at many of those tournaments. At the college level, Nelson was chosen to officiate seven NCAA National Tournaments. In addition to the thousands of matches officiated, John has promoted wrestling and officiating by mentoring and assigning officials for many high schools, supervising NDHSAA rules meetings and acted as the volunteer coordinator for the USA Wrestling Cadet/Junior National Tournament. John is the Principal at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo. He and his wife, Cindy, reside in West Fargo.





Ken Willmann - Fargo

Ken Willmann officiated high school volleyball for 26 years from 1987 to 2013.  After beginning his officiating in 1986 at the college level, a friend and high school coach encouraged him to get involved with high school volleyball. During that time, Ken officiated 16 Class A State Volleyball Tournaments, 21 Class A and one Class B region tournaments. Along with the numerous high school matches Ken worked, he also officiated many NCAA Division II, III, and NJCAA Division I matches and worked as a line judge at the Division I level. He is a past chair of the Professional Assocation of Volleyball Officials (PAVO) Dakota Board of Officials and has continued to mentor and promote officials throughout his career. He is a retired full-time employee of the North Dakota Army National Guard. He and his wife Cindy reside in Fargo.





Terry Wallace – Devils Lake

Terry Wallace has officiated basketball for 43 years, football for 35 years and has also officiated high school baseball and softball.  He has officiated many district, region and state basketball tournaments and has officiated three High School State Football Championships. Terry has officiated many college games as well. Along with the thousands of basketball, football, baseball and softball games, Terry has been the assignor of basketball games for the Devils Lake Officials Association for over 30 years. He has served as an NDHSAA Workshop Supervisor and helped many young officials get started in officiating.  Terry has been the Superindendent of Parks and Recreation in Devils Lake since 1991 and is presently still officiating basketball, football and softball. He resides in Devils Lake with his wife Patty and has two sons and one daughter. 

The NDOA has inducted 139 officials into its Hall of Fame since the inaugural class in 1965.  Plaques commemorating all Hall of Fame members are housed in the North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame, located inside the Jamestown Civic Center.