SWAC Hires First Women Football Officials

Yvonde Lewis

Yvonde Lewis

Yvonde Lewis will become the first woman to officiate a football game in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference when she is part of the crew at Saturday’s Texas College‐Texas Southern game at Houston’s Delmar Stadium.

Lewis, a Houston native and graduate of Prairie View A&M, has officiated football games of all levels through
high school since 2004.

“Yvonde is aggressive and tough,” said Harold Mitchell, SWAC Coordinator of Football Officials. “She hosted a sports radio program geared towards females in the Houston area. I had observed her at various camps in the Houston area, as well as my camp. Yvonde is being mentored by some well respected ex‐SWAC officials.”

Lewis will not be the only women to officiate a SWAC football game in 2009. Sebrina Brunson is scheduled to officiate a SWAC game in October.

Sebrina Brunson

Sebrina Brunson

Brunson, who is also an official in the Mid‐Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), joins Lewis as one of five female football officials in Division I. Presently the MEAC has three female officials, while Conference USA has one.

“Yvonde and Sebrina are trendsetters who are to be commended not only for their talent but also for their perseverance in becoming football officials,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said. “We are confident in their ability to execute at a high level and enhance the performance of our football officials.”


  1. Jay Allen 18 September, 2009 at 15:30 Reply

    Way to go Queens! As a Jaguar alum I’m proud to see it happen! just don’t throw as many flags on the Jags when they play!

  2. A.J. Preston 19 September, 2009 at 18:19 Reply

    Ms. Yvonde wow is all I can say!!! Never thought or imagined you being a ref!!! Gotta tell moms her soror is out on the field with the big boys!!! Continue to do it big and hope to see you at one of the games one day!!! Take it easy and have fun.

  3. Dawana Marsh 27 September, 2009 at 15:05 Reply

    Congratulations ladies!!! You are an inspiration to young women everywhere, including myself. I am 25 yrs old and I have wanted to become a football official for a few years now but just hadnt taken the steps to do it. I am encouraged, I am inspired, and I am determined to pursue this goal, keeping your achievements in mind. God’s blessings to both of you in your lives and careers. Thank you for the precedent that has been set. Congratulations again!

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