Vinovich has continued a legacy of sports officiating
started by his grandfather,
William (Butch) Vinovich,
who officiated multiple sports throughout Western
Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia for over 40 years.
Butch was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of
Fame in 1988. That tradition was furthered by Bill's father,
William (Billy) Vinovich Jr., who officiated multiple sports
in Pennsylvania, California, and, currently, Iowa. Billy
officiated NCAA Division I basketball in California for over
20 years in the five major western conferences.
Young Bill, who moved from Midland at an
early age with his family to California, played football
through four years of college, transitioning to officiating
upon his magna cum laude graduation in 1983 from the
University of San Diego with a bachelor's degree in business
administration with an emphasis in accounting. While
pursuing a full-time career as a certified public accountant
at the international accounting firm KPMG, Bill began
officiating high school football and basketball.
After several years of high school and
small college officiating, Bill was hired by the Canadian
Football League in 1994. He worked in the CFL for five years
and was privileged to work the playoffs in each of those
five years. During his time with the CFL, he also officiated
in the Arena Football League from 1995, culminating with
Arena Bowl XIV in 2000.
After three years of officiating NCAA
Division I football in the Mountain West Conference, Bill
was hired by the National Football League in 2001. Bill
started his NFL career as a side judge, working the AFC
Championship Game after his second season. Bill was promoted
to referee in 2004, and worked as a referee until 2007,
working playoff games in 2004 and 2007.
In April, 2007, Bill suffered a descending
aortic dissection which took him off the field and into the
League Office as Western Regional Supervisor for four years.
After successful open-heart surgery, Bill was cleared to
return to the field in 2012.
In 2013, Bill worked the Baltimore at
Denver Divisional Playoff Game, which went into overtime and
was the fourth-longest game in NFL history. Bill also worked
playoff games in 2014 and 2015, culminating with Super Bowl
XLIX in 2015.
Bill has worked NCAA Division I basketball
from 1992 to present, including ten consecutive appearances
in the NCAA Tournament from 1998 to 2007.
Bill has two adult children, Shawna and