As an athlete, Jeff Servinski enjoyed tremendous success at H.H. Dow High School, at Central Michigan University, and then on the fast pitch softball diamond. Since his playing days, Servinski has moved up the ranks as a football official to become one of the premier collegiate officials in the country.
At Dow High Servinski earned five varsity letters, two in football and three in baseball. He played three seasons for the Berryhill Post 165 American Legion program, was a member of two State Championship teams and was the 1984 winner of the Kiki Cuyler award as the MVP of the state tournament.
Servinski’s baseball career continued at Central Michigan University, where he was a two-year letter winner and a member of two Mid-American Conference Championships teams. Servinski then played 17 years with the Midland Explorers Softball team twice being named All-American and was once an All-World selection. As importantly, he served as a board member of the Midland Explorers organization which helps to promote Midland’s long heritage of fast pitch softball.
As successful as he was as an athlete, Servinski is establishing himself as an even better official. His officiating career started in 1995 on the local high school gridirons. In 2000, basketball officiating was added to his resume. To date, Servinski has officiated numerous MHSAA post-season tournament games including the 2010 and 2015 Boy’s State Basketball Finals.
In 2003, Servinski was hired by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as an NCAA DII football official. He quickly advanced up the college football charts. In the fall of 2009, he officiated his first Big Ten football game and in 2011 was hired by the Mid-American Conference as a side judge. In 2013, Servinski was promoted to Crew Chief and in 2014, he officiated the Mid-American Conference Championship game. In the spring of 2015, Servinski was hired by the Big Ten Conference as a Crew Chief. To date, Servinski has officiated seven NCAA Division II post season playoff games, and six NCAA DI bowl games. Servinski also works as an instructor at officiating clinics throughout the United States, serving as an ambassador for the profession.