SHEFFIELD, Pa. – The players and coaches have come and gone through the years, but one thing has remained constant in the Warren County Youth Football League. The man in the striped shirt.
Marty Meddock has been a part of the WCYFL since its inception, ensuring rules and safety protocols are followed. The league recently recognized Meddock for his nearly two decades of service.
“We have been lucky enough to have Marty with us since the inception of Warren County Youth Football League, nearly 20 years ago,” the league said during the recognition. “The safety of our players, the growth of our program, and the integrity Marty has brought to our program is unmatched.”
Meddock’s 38 years of officiating experience have been invaluable to the WCYFL.
“He has 38 years of refereeing, not just for WCYFL, but for the various other middle school and high school programs in the County,” the league said. “Without Marty, Warren County Youth Football League would not have fair, impartial refs at each of our games or the safety procedures that we stringently follow to keep our players safe.”
Meddock’s service to the county doesn’t only run sideline to sideline. The current Warren County Historical Society President, Meddock also volunteers at the Warren County YMCA-particularly with the Kinzua Country Tango and Super Kwik races-and is also involved with the Warren Players and Struthers Library Theatre.
The Warren Area High School and Edinboro alum has spent time working for United Refining Company and Struthers Scientific and was a science teacher in Olean, New York.
Meddock was accompanied on the field during his recognition by his daughter, Devon.
“He encouraged her to follow her dreams and never stop believing in herself, even when that took her all the way to New York City,” the recognition read. “He visits her often and is becoming quite familiar with the ‘Big Apple.'”
The WCYFL concluded its recognition with heartfelt thanks on behalf of the league, its players, coaches, and parents.
“We can never thank you enough for always volunteering your time to ref our games, review our safety procedures, and for supporting our program,” the league said. “Most of all, our players will remember you for years to come for your fairness, your compassion for football, and especially for your hard-to-miss mustache.”