2022 NOMINEE – OFFICIAL – BASKETBALL & ATHLETE – BASEBAL
Bentworth High School
Point Park University
- Preisendorfer was an outstanding baseball player for Bentworth High School and went on to a fine career at Point Park, where he was a standout catcher under the coaching of Frankie Gustine, former Pittsburgh Pirates player.
He was a four-year letterman in baseball and three-year letterman in basketball for the Bearcats.
- At Point Park, from 1968-72, he was a scholarship catcher. In 1972 he was NAIA All-District 18.
- He became one of the finest scholastic referees in the WPIAL and the state as evidenced by the number of championship games he worked.
- Preisendorfer was a PIAA basketball official from 1975 to 2015. He worked 15 consecutive WPIAL championships. He worked three state title games in 1988, 1992 and 1998.
A member of the Washington-Greene County Basketball Officials Association, he received the recognition award in 1979, 2006 and 2014.
- In 1999, he was the National Federation State of Pennsylvania Official of the Year.
- He officiated the Roundball Classic and NCAA Divisions I, II and III from 1998-2110, working several regional and post-season tournaments.
- For good measure, Preisendorfer is also a gifted golfer, winning the senior club championship in 2014 at Nemacolin Country Club, where he has been a member since 1978.
- Being a Bentleyville Caramel kid, selling bags of Kraft caramels, enough to win first place in Kraft’s win a ballpark contest.
- He and his officiating partner, the late Bill Christy, worked more than 500 games together.
- Preisendorfer was named a recipient of the William A. Christy Award for excellence in officiating in 2013.
- He formerly owned Strictly Sports, a small sporting goods store in the Mon Valley.