Fred Allman

Experience: 29 years

Conferences: Mid, Central, North, West, South, and Metro and Southwest Suburban, East Suburban Catholic, DuPage Valley, Upstate 8, Fox Valley, Chicago Catholic

Worked State: Elite Eight – 3
Supersectionals – 9
Semi Finals – 1
Championship – 1
Consolation – 1

Years at PHT: 13

Comment: The PHT is a true highlight of every basketball season. Big-time basketball meets small-town America. An incredible experience!

Johnny Garcia

Experience: 25 years


Worked State – 3
Semi Finals – 5
Elite Eight
Consolation Games
Supersectional – 5

Years at PHT: 8

Comment: Johnny has officiated the McDonald All American All Star Game

Demetrius Randle

Experience: 29 years

Conferences: Midstate, Mid Illini, Big 12, Central State 8, North Central IL

Worked State: Supersectional – 4
Elite 8 – 2
Semi Finals – 2
Boys AA State Finals -07

Consolation – 1

College Level: Division I, II, & III, Missouri Valley, Great Lakes Conference, CCIW, Midwest, NIIC

Years at PHT: 17

Comment: The PHT is a great tournament for basketball officials to work competitive high school play (1st Class Tourney).

Kevin Grayer

Experience: 25 years

Conferences: DuKane, DuPage Valley, Southwest Suburban Upstate 8 and West Suburban

Worked State: Supersectional – 12
Elite Eight – 3
Semi Finals – 2
Championship – 1

College Level: Div III and Juco college ball for the past 14 years
CCIW and CCAC 4 years

Years at PHT: 11

2016 IBCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Comment: Every Christmas season I so look forward to officiating at Pontiac and what is most rewarding for me is interacting with the greatest BASKETBALL FANS in the State of Illinois.

Trent Eshleman

Experience: 28 years

Conferences: Big 12, N.C.I.C., S.I.C.A., Washington, IL Tournament of Champions Tourney, South Suburban Conference, Southland Conference, Cornbelt Conference

Worked State: Supersectional – 3
Elite 8 – 2
Semi Finals – 1
Championship – 1

College Level: NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Junior College

Years at PHT: 7

Comment: Having grown up in the Pontiac, area, in Kempton, IL, the PHT has been the traditional holiday gathering place for local, statewide, and Midwestern high basketball enthusiasts. It is an honor to have been chosen to be part of such tradition.

Ron Jones

Experience: 37 years

Conferences: Big 12, Corn Belt, Central State 8, Mid Illini, MidState 6

Worked State:AA – 2
Super Sectionals – 7
Semi Finals – 2
Championship – 1
Consolation – 2

College Level: Division 3 – 6 Years CCIW, CCAC, GLVC, ICCAC, GRACC, Midwest Conference, Junior College – 4 Years

Years at PHT: 10

Fitz Larsen

Experience: 41 years

Conferences: Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference, MidState 6 Conference, Western Big 6 Conference,Washington IL Tournament of Champions

College Level: NCAA Division III, NAIA, Junior College

Years at PHT: 6

Comment: It’s truly humbling to be associated with such a collection of talent from the tournament organizers, volunteers, coaches and to the players! I’m so honored to work the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament!

Gene Rayford

Experience: 23 years

Conferences: Midstate 6, Mid-Illini, Central State 8,Big 12, Western Big 6

Worked State: Supersectional – 1
Elite 8 – 1
Semi-Finals – 1
Consolation – 1

College Level: Division II, Division III, Junior College

Years at PHT: 15

Comment: It’s a great tournament to work!

Vernal Turner

Experience: 13 years

Conferences: Chicago Public, Chicago Catholic, Chicago Prep

Worked State: 2013, 2014 IHSA State Championship Games
2012, 2013, 2014 Chicago Public League Championship
2014 Chicago Catholic League Championship

College Level: CCIW, NAC, Region 1 Juco Conference Midwest

Years at PHT: 3

Comment: The PHT is a true highlight of every basketball season. Big-time basketball meets small-town America. An incredible experience!

Kevin Coughenour

Experience: 40 years


Worked State: 3 years

Years at PHT: 1

Kevin’s experience includes working in the IESA, IHSA, JUCO, NAIA, NCAA, and CBA.  He has been a Certified Clinician since the program’s inception and was honored with induction into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 2010.  He has held numerous leadership positions within the IBOA and a member of the RVOA.

Mike Kashirsky

Experience: 15 years

HS Holiday tournaments:
Chicago Elite Classic
Proviso West
Hinsdale Central
Immaculate Conception/Westmont

D1-Summit, Horizon, MAC, American East, Metro Atlantic, Big Ten