Floyd "Butch" Goble
Floyd "Butch" Goble III is a fixture among Florida high school officials, but it is his leadership and dedication to the craft that sets him apart.
Goble has served as a sporting official since 1982. He is a registered baseball, football, softball and volleyball official in the state of Florida. He was recognized by the FHSAA with the 25 Year Award in baseball and football, and the 10 Year Award in basketball. He was also the FHSAA Active Official of the Year for the 2009-2010 baseball season, and currently serves as a crew chief, evaluator, mentor and treasurer for the South Gulf Football Officials Association.
Goble strives for student-athletes to have the opportunity to play in a fair, competitive arena. He has a reputation for honesty and integrity and has earned the respect of student-athletes, athletic administrators, and spectators alike. Despite battling cancer, Goble remained an integral part of Florida high school officiating, choosing to schedule his medical appointments around the season.
His dedication and prowess for making the right calls earned him four appearances at state baseball and football finals, and two appearances at the state basketball finals. In addition to FHSAA events, Goble has also been an official for the Southwest Florida All-Star football game, the prestigious City of Palms basketball tournament, the FACA All-Star football game, and basketball games at the Special Olympics.
As good as Goble was on the field, many officials have benefitted from his knowledge in the teaching arena. He served as a field clinician, evaluator, multiple terms on the Officials Advisory Committee, liaison to the Baseball Coaches Advisory Committee, and was on the screening committees that evaluate questions for the required annual state baseball and football tests. This committee is charged with ensuring the accuracy and proper readability of the questions used to complete the exams.