BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference has announced that Ben Oldham, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the SEC officiating program, will assume the role of Coordinator of Football Replay for the 2016 football season. The newly-created position will report to SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw and help provide oversight for the conference’s instant replay process, including the recently announced collaborative instant replay system to be implemented at SEC Headquarters this fall.
“As we expand instant replay in the SEC, we felt it was important to have someone with an extensive resume of both on the field and replay booth experience help manage the process,” said Shaw. “Ben Oldham brings four decades worth of officiating experience in both of those areas and I am excited to have him serve in this role as we embark on a new era of instant replay in the SEC. This is another important and positive step as we strive to enhance the Conference’s football officiating program.” Oldham ended his on-field officiating career after being selected to officiate the 2000 BCS National Championship Game. He has worked 24 NCAA bowl games either on the field or in the replay booth, including the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. In addition, Oldham has officiated six SEC Championship Games in some capacity and recently served as the instant replay official for the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal between Florida State and Oregon. After graduating from Georgetown College with a physics degree and minor in mathematics, Oldham earned a doctorate from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis on educational measurement. He has held several positions at Georgetown College, including professor, Dean of Education, Director of Athletics and most recently, Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. Oldham will also serve as one of the replay officials that will operate out of the SEC’s Central Review Center each Saturday during the season.