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What’s the Rush? He is Pac-12′s new basketball officiating director

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm with No Comments »
May 16, 2012 7:05 pm

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pacific-12 Conference, announced today that Ed Rush will join the conference as the league’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating. The long-time National Basketball Association’s Director of Officiating is currently one of the NBA’s recruiting and development directors for officials.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Ed’s experience and expertise to lead our officiating program,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “He has been an expert and leader at all levels of basketball officiating, and the training program he developed for us is considered state-of-the-art. We look forward to taking our men’s officiating program to the next level under Ed’s leadership.”

Rush has served as a consultant to the Pac-12 men’s basketball officiating program since 2007 with a focus on the training and development of the officiating staff.

Since 2003, Rush has been responsible for the ongoing recruitment, training and career development of the officiating staff of the NBA, WNBA and NBA-D League. From 1998-2003, he was the Director of Officiating for the NBA and oversaw the development of the WNBA officiating program. Prior to joining the NBA league office, Rush spent 32 seasons on the court, officiating over 2,000 regular season games, 247 playoff and 32 NBA Finals games from 1966-67 through 1996-97.

“I am honored that the Pac-12 has selected me to lead their men’s basketball officiating program,” said Rush. “I see the conference as a special basketball environment with a foundation of excellent officials and coaches.”

In 2009, Rush was named by Referee Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in sports officiating history.

“A great hire,” said John Adams, NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officiating. “I am looking forward to working with Ed Rush as the new officiating coordinator of the Pac-12. Ed has been a visionary when it comes to training and managing basketball officials.”

Rush’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Bill McCabe, who retired after six years as Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating.

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