Ex-Professional Referee Still Committed to Soccer
Reis, Paul, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Paul Reis Daily Herald Correspondent
Soccer isn't necessarily Tom Landi's life, but it's not exactly a passing fancy, either.
There's family, with wife Karen, son Mike and daughter Kristine. There's his job with Bankers' Life & Casualty in Chicago, and the commute required to and from Hoffman Estates.
And then there's soccer - not as much as there used to be, but it's still very much a part of his life.
Landi was a National Professional Soccer League referee until a year ago. He held the job for a decade while juggling the aforementioned tasks as well. But the grind of working insurance all week and soccer all weekend became too much, so now Landi concentrates his soccer energies on being an assistant coach for Kristine's team.
"It was the traveling (that made quitting the best option)," Landi said. "It got to be tough to work Monday through Friday, then jump on a plane and be gone either Saturday, Sunday or both."
Landi has given a good deal of his time to soccer since high school, when some friends at Chicago's Quigley South convinced him to complement his springs on the baseball diamond with falls on the soccer field. …