ATLANTA – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that Dick Cartmell has been named the 2016 Naismith Men’s College Official of the Year. First awarded in 1988, the award recognizes individuals who display character, integrity and dignity and have 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, worked the NCAA Tournament as a game official and worked conference tournaments as a game official.
Cartmell began his 32-year college officiating career in 1984 with the Big Sky Conference. He has worked in 24 NCAA Tournaments, including five Final Fours (Championship game in 2002, 2003, 2004, semi-final game in 2006 & 2007), and several NIT games throughout his storied career. He has officiated 30 conference tournament championship games over a 28-year span. Currently, he officiates in the Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, WAC and the West Coast Conference.
During his distinguished career, Cartmell has worked multiple WCC Basketball Championship events and was the lead official in the 2012 title game between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.
"It is a real honor to be selected for the Naismith award and be included with such an accomplished list of officials, many of whom I have officiated with over the years and consider to be friends,” Cartmell said.
Cartmell will be honored at the NCAA Officiating Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., on September 30.