Randy McCall Named 2014 Naismith Men's College Official of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mountain West Conference men’s basketball official Randy McCall has been named the 2014 Naismith Men’s College Official of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. This marks the third straight year and fifth time overall a Mountain West official has received this award, with McCall joining Steve Welmer (2006), Scott Thornley (2008), Tom O’Neill (2012) and Tom Eades (2013).
A 22-year veteran in the Division I men’s basketball officiating ranks, McCall has served as a Mountain West official since the league’s inception in 1999. He began his career in the Big West and Western Athletic conferences and now covers the Missouri Valley, Pac-12 and Western Athletic conferences in addition to the MW. McCall has been a part of every NCAA men’s basketball tournament since 2001, including four Final Fours and the 2004 national championship game.
The Naismith College Official of the Year Award is presented annually to the men’s official whose extraordinary effort has made contributions of outstanding significance and has created a long-lasting positive impact on the game of college basketball. Recipients of the award have displayed character, integrity and dignity, and contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of college basketball. To be eligible, an individual must have been involved with the sport as a game official for a minimum of 20 years, and worked the NCAA tournament and conference tournaments as a game official.
McCall was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of basketball officials’ supervisors and administrators from around the country, based on their performances in officiating throughout the longevity of their careers. The Naismith Award is the most prestigious national award in college basketball.
The Naismith Award for Men’s and Women’s College Officials of the Year has been presented since 1988, when Joe Forte (Men’s) and Patty Broderick (Women’s) were honored.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club has presented the Naismith Trophy since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. The Naismith Awards program has become an emblem of excellence for the game, recognizing the men’s and women’s college players, coaches and officials of the year, and the male and female high school players of the year.