Member Profile – Laurie Rupe
First Name: Laurie
Last Name: Rupe
Nickname: Boom Boom
Home City, Country: Minneapolis, USA
Home Club: Minnesota Freeze
USAFLUA Membership: Current
Field: Level 2
Goal: Level 1
Coach: In training
First year umpiring: 2015 as a goal umpire, 2016 as a field umpire
Favorite AFL team: North Melbourne
Willing to travel, outside of Regional and National Tournaments: Y
Proudest Umpire Moment: Winning the Golden Whistle at AFL Europe’s 2016 Euro Cup as the best umpire of the tournament
Funniest Umpire Moment: At the 2019 80/35 tournament, I forgot the hand signal for running too far so I made up something. Well I got caught and it’s been a running joke every since. I can guarantee that I will never forget that hand signal ever again!
Other: IC17 Umpires Association Scholarship winner, UA board member, one of my goals is to umpire on all 6 continents – I’ve been able to check off 4 so far so I just need Asia and Africa!