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Mike Kitts to be coordinator of MAAC men's basketball officials

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Mike Kitts, a Sryacuse native who is regarded as one of the top officials in college basketball for the last 30 years, will be taking over the task of managing referees for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Kitts will officiate this next season and in the 2014-15 season will take over as Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials for the MAAC. He will take over for Brad Tracy, who has been in the position since the 1990-91 season and is retiring after this season.

In 2008, Kitts was the Naismith Award winner, given annually to the nation's top referee. He has officiated 14 of the last 15 MAAC men's championship games.

Kitts has officiated the MAAC’s championship game in 14 of the last 15 tournaments, and in 2008, was the recipient of the Naismith Award, given annually to the nation’s top referee.

In a sit-down interview for the MAAC website (see below), Kitts said that a good referee has judgement, common sense and rule knowledge.

 

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