Al Guinee was born June 21, 1959, in Port Chester, New York. He began his officiating career in 1985 while stationed in West Berlin, Germany by volunteering to referee youth basketball games. He eventually started officiating football, basketball and baseball at the high school level and quickly moved up to officiating college contests in all three sports. He also has umpired professional baseball at the Single “A” (Western Baseball League) and Triple “A” level (Pacific Coast League). As an official in the Arizona Interscholastic Association, Al has been selected to five football State Championships, five basketball State Championships and three baseball State Championships.
Al refereed his first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in 2010 for the Arizona Boxing Commission. He is now the senior referee in the Arizona Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission and has worked in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator, The World Series of Fighting and King of the Cage as well as many local Arizona events.
Currently, Al is a sergeant with the Tucson Police Department. In his current assignment, he supervises all firearms and defensive tactics training at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center. Prior to joining the police department, he served 22 years in the United States Air Force retiring as a First Sergeant.
He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra Tucson as well as a Brown Belt with the United States Krav Maga Association.