Wednesday, July 2, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
TSSAA Hall of Famer Leon Rash has been a central figure in
state prep basketball officiating for 45 years as an official, supervisor and/or
assigner and now it’s time to pass the ball to a new supervisor-assigner for
the greater Chattanooga area.
A three-sport letter winner at Bridgeport (Ala.) High School
(’64) and a baseball alum of MTSU (’68), Rash will continue as one of three basketball
supervisors for Southeast Tennessee Basketball Officials Association (SETBOA)
and TSSAA has appointed Walt Kean as the new SETBOA supervisor-assigner.
“I have enjoyed being the area’s supervisor-assigner of
officials for the past 25 years, but decided at the end of this past season
that it was time for TSSAA to appoint someone younger to take job,” said Rash
who replaced Cooper Dyer as supervisor-assigner in 1991.
“Walt has done a good
job as assigner of officials for B-team and middle school games and I feel TSSAA
has made an excellent decision in appointing Walt as my successor.”
Rash, Kean and Al Raffo are the three SETBOA supervisors who
have the task of providing training for officials and observing their games.
“Being an official is not an easy job and one has to have
thick skin while on the court, but it is a rewarding job,” Rash said.
“Whether you are an official on the court or a supervisor or
assigner, these are great ways to stay close to the game of basketball and give
back to the sport.”
A graduate of Hixson HS (1991) and UTC (1995), Kean has been
an assigner of officials for junior varsity, middle school and elementary
school games for the past five years and was an official for the past 15 years,
working state tournaments in 2007 and 2014.
“I am honored and blessed to be following a legend such as
Leon Rash as supervisor-assigner,” said Kean who had his officiating start in
local church leagues.
“I enjoy investing in the lives of other officials and this
is a great way to give back to the sport. Leon has been a great mentor to me in
preparing me for this position.”
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