We don’t need to tell you SEC Basketball officiating is horrible. Last week, ESPN’s John Gasaway crunched the numbers to show that the SEC is by far the most foul-prone major conference in the sport the last five seasons. In response, the SEC is making some changes. Today, the league announced that Bob Delaney will take on a bigger role, assisting with the men’s basketball officiating consortium. Delaney, an accomplished former NBA official and executive with extensive experience in leadership training, has served as the SEC’s Special Advisor for Officiating Development and Performance since 2018.
The consortium, which serves the SEC, American Athletic Conference, ASUN, Southern, Sun Belt and Southwestern Athletic Conferences, includes SEC Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials Mike Eades, Assistant Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials Reggie Cofer, and SEC Associate Commissioner Dan Leibovitz. In May, Eades took over the role of coordinator of officials from Mark Whitehead, who stepped down after the season.
“Having Bob as a part of the consortium team will be a great asset for all involved,” Eades said. “With his extensive background in officiating and leadership, he will help us continue to improve our program from top to bottom. I am really excited that Bob will be participating in this expanded role this upcoming season and look forward to working with him in the future.”
“Bob has brought a unique perspective to our officiating program, and his experience on multiple levels of the game combined with his leadership acumen will only strengthen our overall officiating effort as he expands his responsibilities,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
Delaney has served the NBA in various areas of officiating development, including most recently as the Vice President, Referee Operations/Director of Officials. He is the founder of two schools that trained officials for high-integrity roles within the NBA, WNBA and college basketball. His Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) has provided training for the NFL, U.S. Army, FBI, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Homeland Security and more.