PRO’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Sandra Serafini will be one of three new inductees to the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.
Serafini joined PRO on a full-time basis in May 2013, after a successful career in officiating, which she combined with her role in the Neurosurgery Faculty at Duke University.
Certified by United States Soccer Federation as a referee in 1998 and as a National Intercollegiate referee a year later, she was the first from North Carolina to serve on the FIFA Panel of Women Referees between 2006 and 2009.
Serafini hails from Hamilton, Ontario but moved to North Carolina in 2000, where she advanced through the referee ranks and represented North Carolina within the region and nationally at various tournaments and events.
In 2004, she received the NCYSA/NCSRA Adult Referee of the Year Award for outstanding and significant service in officiating youth soccer matches. She has also been recognized with TISOA’S William Utter Service Award and NISOA’s Regional Referee of the Year Award. She officiated multiple college conference finals, NCAA Final Fours, men’s and women’s domestic professional leagues, and international events in North America, Europe, and Asia.
The North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to recognize and honor those persons, either player, coach, referee or administrator, that have made significant contributions to the game of soccer in the State of North Carolina and PRO are delighted to see a valuable member of the team receive recognition of this magnitude for their contribution to the sport.