Bernard Arnette

Contest Official
Inducted 2016
For more than three decades, Palm Beach County’s Bernard Arnette has been the epitome of professionalism and class when it comes to officiating in the Sunshine State.
 
Born in Lake Worth, Florida, Bernard began officiating in 1978, working 600-plus FHSAA sanctioned football games, including 25 years of FHSAA playoffs. Bernard served as the head official for the 2010 FHSAA High School Football State Championships and the first ESPN televised game in Palm Beach County. Thanks to his outstanding officiating throughout the years and eight appearances as an official in the FHSAA Final Series, he received a meritorious achievement award in 2007.
 
Bernard has also officiated more than 1,000 FHSAA-sanctioned basketball games, including 10 straight years of being appointed a referee in the FHSAA Final Four. An official with 15 FHSAA Final Fours under his belt, Bernard was named the recipient of the 1996 and 2009 Boys Basketball State Official of the Year Award. In two separate years (1988, 2008), he was honored as the National Federation of State High School Associations Florida Official of the Year. One year after receiving it in football, Bernard was given the basketball meritorious achievement award by the FHSAA in 2008.
 
His outstanding governance throughout the decades has been equally matched by his administrative contributions to his craft. Bernard was an inaugural member of the Official Advisory Committee and has served as a past president, vice president and board member for the East Coast Football Officials Association for more than two decades. He has also been a vice president and a board member for 20-plus years for the East Coast Basketball Officials Association.
 
In his spare time, he serves as a FHSAA field clinician and presenter in both football and basketball and is an officials evaluator for both football and basketball. The former West Palm Beach Boys and Girls Club volunteer co-founded the Ball4lyfe Foundation with his son Brandon Arnette, which mentors and tutors student-athletes from age 10-18 in the areas of academics, athletics, community involvement and life skills. Currently, the 1977 University of Florida graduate is the track & field head coach at Roosevelt Middle School and the assistant coach for the RMS boys basketball team.