Dr. Todd K. Abraham of the Greater Chicago Chapter has been appointed as the Director of Instruction for the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA). Todd will be responsible to develop and coordinate all aspects of referee education for the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to intercollegiate soccer officiating.
NISOA is an organization of more than 5,000 soccer officials which trains, certifies and provides qualified referees for the college soccer community throughout the country.
Abraham has been an active member of NISOA since 1978 who has achieved success on the field and as an administrator in local and national positions. A NISOA National Referee, Todd has officiated college matches at all levels, reaching the quarterfinals as a referee in both Division I and III.
Abraham currently serves as the Secretary of NISOA, a position which places him in line to become the President. He has distinguished himself as a leader in referee education. Certified as a National Clinician, Todd has served as a clinician at multiple Elizabethtown referee training camps and national referee certification clinics. Todd is the author of the annual NISOA Entrance Examination and a regular contributor to Referee magazine. He has served as the Assistant Director of Instruction since 2000, and was the recipient of the Robert E. Sumpter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. Abraham succeeds John Van de Vaarst who will devote his efforts full-time as the NISOA Director of Operations after serving with distinction as the Director of Instruction for many years.
Todd completed his Sc.B. in Chemistry at Brown University in Providence, RI. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School in Philadelphia, concurrently in May of 1981. He is currently Senior Vice President of Research and Nutrition for Kraft Foods with global responsibilities. Todd is married and has 3 children.