ST. MARYS, Pa. – Prior to the Elk County Holiday Tournament girls’ championship game Dec. 30, District 9 honored long-time officials Tony Flint and Bud Brennen for their 50 years of officiating.
Flint, a Port Allegany and Mansfield alumnus, has done just about everything at the high school level from officiating to coaching to being a member of the District 9 committee.
He spent 38 1/2 years in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent before retiring in 2013 while also coaching basketball (boys and girls) for 21 years.
Flint is active in the Port Allegany Rotary Club, and he and his wife, Susan, have been married for 47 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren, many of whom are athletes. His grandson recently led his high school team to the Class 4A Alabama state championship as the starting quarterback.
He and his wife Susan have been married for 47 years and have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. A
grandson, Jack Lathrop, recently led his high school Team to the class 4A Alabama State Championship as the
Presenting his commemorative plate was District 9 committee member, Oswayo Valley athletics director, and fellow official, Bill Howard.
Brennen is an alumnus of St. Marys Area High School and his mile relay team (4×400) still holds the school and Elk County Track & Field Meet records.
Graduating graduated from Lock Haven State College, Brennen held the single-game scoring record at the school at the time of his graduation with 40 points which still is tied for the fifth-most points in a game in Lock Haven history.
Brennen retired from Morgan AM&T and was one of the three founding owners of Advantage Metal Powders in Ridgway.
He served as the District 13 ASA PA Softball Commissioner from 1998 to 2020 and was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 2016.
Brennan has been a PIAA basketball Official since 1973, volleyball since 1987, and softball in 2000. He serves as the Chapter Secretary for all three sports and is currently the District 9 Male Officials Representative on the District 9 Committee.
Along with his wife, Patricia, Brennen has five children.
Presenting Brennen’s commemorative plate was Aaron Straub, the District 9 chairman and the head boys’ basketball coach at Elk County Catholic.
It is estimated that Flint and Brennen together have officiated over 5,000 Basketball games in the past 50
years and have traveled over 300,000 miles.