CAMPBELL Joseph (USA) – PVPA – International Referee, Referee Delegate and Observer, Eight Paralympics as an International Official. Member of WPV Board of Directors as President of PVPA and service in the fields of event organisation and governance



Joe began as a referee in regular volleyball in Misawa, Japan in 1979 while working for the US Air Force. In 1989 while living in Las Vegas, Nevada he received a phone call from the Mayor of Las Vegas asking if he would referee an international competition that would be played at the Las Vegas Hilton. He soon found out it was the ISOD World Championships (sitting and standing). At the completion of this competition, Mr. Radu Rosenthal asked if he would like to become more involved with their organization. He replied “yes” because he was utterly amazed at the athleticism of the athletes. In 1992 he received his invitation to attend an international referee course that was held in Great Britain.

He has four people to thank for their influence on him as a referee. Moke Taipiano as he conducted his first referee clinic in Japan in 1979. Pete Velasco a player for team USA in the 1960’s (now in the International Volleyball Hall of Fame) was a collegiate coach in California, and guided him and provided great feedback on his performances as a referee when he was a young referee. Thomas Hoy who was his USA Volleyball Referee Chair for 25 years in the Texas Lone Star Region. He was instrumental in helping him to obtain his Junior National and National certifications as a USAV referee. Gaby Lotan as he always gave him exceptionally good feedback on his performance as a referee for ISOD/WOVD/WPV. He provided him good training & education and worked with him to improve his skills as a referee with physically challenged athletes. His constructive critiques allowed him to grow and enhance his referee abilities.

Event involvement:

1989 (Referee) World Championships – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
1992 (Candidate) WOVD International Referee Course – Watford, England
1992 (Referee) Paralympic Games – Barcelona, Spain
1994 (Referee) Standing World Championships – Bottrop, Germany
1995 (Instructor) WOVD International Referee Course w/Gaby Lotan – Denver, Colorado
1996 (Referee & Observer) Paralympic Games – Atlanta, Georgia USA
1998 (Referee & Observer) Standing World Championships – Olsztyn, Poland
1999 (Referee Delegate) Panam Open Standing Volleyball Championships & Paralympic Qualifier – Laval, Quebec, Canada
2000 (Referee) Paralympic Games – Sydney, Australia
2002 (Referee) World Championships – Cairo, Egypt
2003 (Technical Delegate) Parapan American Games – Mar del Plata, Argentina
2004 (Instructor) WOVD International Referee Course – w/Steve Walton – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 (Referee) Paralympic Games – Athens, Greece
2005 (Referee Delegate) Standing World Cup – Regina, Canada
2007: (Referee Delegate) Sitting Junior World Championships – Niteroi, Brazil
2007 (Referee & Observer) Parapan American Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2008 (Referee) Paralympic Games – Beijing, China
2010 (Referee) Sitting World Cup – Port Said, Egypt
2010 (Assistant Technical Delegate) World Championships – Edmond, Oklahoma USA
2011 (Referee Delegate) Parapan American Games (Women) – Mogi das Cruz, Brazil
2011 (Referee Observer) Parapan American Games (Men) – Guadalajara, Mexico
2012 (Instructor) Level 3 International Referee Course – w/Pierre Farmer – Toronto, Canada
2012 (Referee) Paralympic Games – London, England
2014 (Jury Member) World Championships – Elblag, Poland
2015 (Technical Delegate) Parapan America Games – Toronto, Canada
2016 (Jury Member) Intercontinental Cup – Anji, China
2016 (Jury Member) Paralympic Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016.12: (Instructor) WPV Level 3 Referee Course – w/Denis Le Breuilly – Tokyo, Japan
2017 (Referee Observer) European Championships – Porec, Croatia
2017. (Technical Delegate) Youth Parapan America Games – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2017 (Technical Delegate) Parapan America Games – Montreal, Canada
2018 (Jury Member) World Championships – Venlo, Eindhoven, The Hague, The Netherlands
2019. (Technical Delegate) Parapan America Games – Lima, Peru
2020 (Technical Delegate) Qualification PG Women – Halifax, Canada
2021 (Head Jury) Paralympic Games – Tokyo, Japan

Worked as an International Referee 1992-2014, and in the fields of Technical Officiating and Administration (Governance) from 1994 to the present.

Awards received:

2020 Inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame – Leader in Volleyball Award
2015 USAV Rebecca Howard Star Award
2008 Volleyball Festival Leadership Award
2007 USAV Karen M Johnson Human Resources Award
2002 USAV Robert L. Lindsey Meritorious Service Award

Official posts held:

World ParaVolley International Referee: 1992-2014
PVPA Referee Commissioner: 1994-2012
PVPA President: 2012-present
Southeast Conference (SEC) Officials Vice-President: 2009-2011
Southeast Conference (SEC) Officials President: 2011-2012 (I retired in 2012)
USA Volleyball (Lone Star Region) Referee Chairman: 2020-present
USAV Rules Commission: 2012-present
USAV International Referee Commission: 2019-present
USAV Advisory Commission: 2020-present