Paul David Kamanski dies at age 75
Paul David Kamanski, who won numerous track and field titles as a
coach at the high school and community college level, as well as a
longtime football official who helped pioneer “instant replay” in the
National Football League, died Saturday night from a cancer-related
illness in his home. He was 75.
Funeral services will be today at 1 p.m. at the Fairhaven Memorial
Park and Mortuary, in the Waverley Church, at 1702 Fairhaven Ave. in
Mr. Kamanski was born on August 6, 1924 and was a football and track
and field athlete at Eagle Rock High, as well at Newport Harbor High for
After winning three CIF championships as a track and field coach at
Bellflower High in the 1950s, Mr. Kamanski was head coach at Cerritos
College, where he received the California Coach’s Association Community
College Track and Field Coach of the Year Award in 1983.
Mr. Kamanski also was a football official for many years, starting
with the Orange County Football Association.
From there, Mr. Kamanski joined the Pac 8 Football Official’s
Association and eventually became one of the first referees in the United
States Football League.
While in the USFL, Mr. Kamanski helped to develop the concept of
“instant replay” in officiating, and when the NFL began using the system,
they asked him to be an NFL Replay Official, a position he held for
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