Tyler Metcalf receives state soccer referee award

Paul Clark

Black Mountain’s Tyler Metcalf has been named co-recipient of the John M. Bouda Referee of the Year award for his work in adult soccer.

Metcalf was notified of the award in a Jan. 12 letter from the N.C. Soccer Referees Association.

“This is a well-earned award” by the N.C. Adult Soccer Association, the letter said, that it will present to Metcalf at its annual awards luncheon in Raleigh on Jan. 31.

Metcalf, 22, has been a referee since he was 14.

A traveling referee, he calls high school games and, since his freshman year at UNC Asheville, college games.

A spring graduate of UNCA who is preparing for graduate school, Metcalf this fall refereed the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2-A high school final in Raleigh between Salisbury and Washington (Salisbury won 3-0).

The award Metcalf received is named after John Bouda, who gave Metcalf his first game assessment when he became a referee. “Over the years, John has become a great mentor and friend,” Metcalf said. “It’s an honor to receive an award named after him.

“This award also makes me appreciate all of my fellow local and nonlocal referees/friends who have helped make me a better referee.”

Bouda, an Asheville resident, has administered state soccer referees North Carolina since 1990, according to the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. Inducted into that body, Bouda helped develop the state’s referee training program, which now supports the instruction, assignment and assessment of about 4,000 certified referees a year, the website states.

Bouda was a member of the U.S. Soccer national board of directors from 2001-05.