I'll give a little background about myself. I met my wife in 1992 and that coincidentally was the same year I started officiating basketball in college. She knew from Day One I was an official, knew it was a passion of mine, and knew it was something with which I tried to make myself better. She supports me every year with my officiating avocation.
I have four school age children. Allison is a 9th grader and loves the language arts. She loves to write, act, sing, and read. Hayden is a 6th grader and is great artist. She plays softball and basketball when she's not busy fixing her hair and matching her outfits. Cale is also a 6th grader and is active in sports. He plays baseball, basketball, and football. He likes spending time with his friends and trying to see how close to the curfew he can get home without picking up some extra chores. Dani is our 2nd grader. She likes playing softball and basketball all while trying to keep mommy and daddy wrapped around her finger. She likes riding to school with dad to get a breakfast doughnut in the morning.
As I stated earlier, I started officiating basketball in 1992 when I was in college. I worked in the intramural leagues and did some junior varsity and junior high games while I attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney. My first varsity game was in Trenton in 1994. My brother and I had finished the junior varsity games and the AD came in the locker room told us the varsity refs couldn't make it due to the weather.
I started taking varsity games after that night and worked mainly varsity games until after the 2001 season. I took a hiatus until the start of the 2007-08 season to help at home with our twins. After coming back, I tried to make myself the best official I could by working tournaments in the summer, attending camps and clinics, and doing my best to stay in shape. At the end of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons I was given the opportunity to officiate the girls state tournament. These were great experiences and I was able to work with some great officials.