BY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
Beachwood, New Jersey’s own Mark Geiger has fulfilled his dream of reffing at the World Cup by being the only American honored with said responsibility.
According to newyorkredbulls.com, Geiger is the first American referee selected to officiate at a World Cup since 2002.
Before pursuing his dream Geiger was an award-winning math teacher at Lacy Township High School. Geiger won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. He taught at all levels, from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement courses, as reported by Philly.com.
The Professional Referee Organization offered Geiger a full-time, salaried officiating position in 2012. This gave him a realistic shot at the 2014 World Cup, forcing Geiger to quit his full-time teaching position.