Demetrius Randle

Experience: 31 years

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

State Tournament: Super-Sectional (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: 19

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

Gene Rayford

Experience: 25 years

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

State Tournament: Super-sectional (1), Elite 8 (1), Semi-Finals (1), Consolation (1)

College Level: Division II, Division III, Junior College

Years at PHT: 16

“It’s a great tournament to work!”

Kevin Grayer

Experience: 27 years

Conferences: DuKane, Central Suburban and West Suburban

State Tournament: Super-Sectional (12), Elite Eight (3), Semi Finals (3), Championship (2)

College Level: Division II, Division III and JUCO college

Years at PHT: 15

2016 IBCA Hall of Fame Inductee

“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.”

Johnny Garcia

Experience: 26 years


College: 10 years N4C, D3, NACC, CCIW, Skyway

State Tournament: Finals (3), Semi Finals (5), Elite Eight, Consolation Games, Super-Sectional (5)

Years at PHT: 10

“Johnny has officiated the McDonald All American All Star Game”

Trent Eshleman

Experience: 34 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

State Tournament: Super-sectional (3), Elite 8 (2), Semi Finals (1), Championship (1)

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

Years at PHT: 9

“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.”

Fitz Larsen

Experience: 47 years

Conferences: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Northern Athletic Conference, Midwest Colligate Conference, Midwest Conference & Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Western Big 6, Three Rivers Conference & Mississippi Athletic Conference

Tournaments: Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament, Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament, Orion Tipoff Classic, and the Martin Luther King (Galesburg & Moline)

College Level: NCAA Division III, NAIA, Junior College

Years at PHT: 9

“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!”

Vernal Turner

Experience: 22 years

Conferences: Chicago Public, Chicago Catholic, Chicago Prep

State Tournament: IHSA State Championship (3), Chicago Public League Championship (7), Chicago Catholic League Championship (1)

College Level: 10 years D-2 and D-3 ,CCIW, CCAC, NAC, Region 1 JUCO Conference Midwest

Years at PHT: 20

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

Vernal was inducted into the Basketball Museum of Illinois at Bedford Park.

Kevin Coughenour

Experience: 41 years

College: NAIA

State Tournament: 3 years

Years at PHT: 3

“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.”

Randall Wells

Experience: 9 years

Conferences: CSL, Chicago Catholic League, ESCC, Chicago Prep, North Suburban League, South Suburban, Southland Athletic, Southwest Suburban, West Suburban.

College Level: Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College

Years at PHT: 2

Tory Davis



College Level: 

Years at PHT: 1