Western conferences expand men's basketball officiating alliance

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SAN FRANCISCO-- The Pac-12 and Mountain West Conferences have expanded their men’s basketball alliance to include the Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic Conferences starting with the 2015-16 season, it was announced today. Longtime officiating coordinator Bobby Dibler will serve as the officiating coordinator of the entire consortium and manage a top-level roster of regional and national officials.

This regional approach matches the trend nationwide for using the best officials in multiple conferences throughout the year, and is designed to promote consistency in training, development, and evaluation of basketball officials, as well as provide a larger and more diverse pool of officials. 

The commissioners of the Pac-12, Mountain West, Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic Conferences commented on the significance of the expanded alliance: “This regional collaboration represents a great step forward in our goal of attracting the top officials to the West Coast, and will help us achieve the consistency and accountability our excellent basketball programs deserve. This alliance will also centralize our shared commitment to further develop a rigorous training, evaluation and development program needed for the next generation of elite officials.” 

A major focus of the expanded officiating alliance will be training. Prior to the season, Dibler and staff will host a training clinic for all roster officials to review mechanics, game situations, rules knowledge and other key factors to ensure they are among the best trained in the country. Officials from all five of the conferences will participate, furthering the impact of the collaboration on officiating in the western United States.

The Pac-12 and Mountain West Conferences have operated under this alliance for the last two seasons with Dibler as the coordinator of officials. Dibler has also served as the Coordinator of Officiating for the Western Athletic Conference for the last 23 years and for the Mountain West Conference since its inception in 1999.  He worked 11 NCAA Tournaments, three NCAA Final Fours, and several NITs during a 20-year career as an official.

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