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June 27, 2013

Eades to supervise MEC officials

Princeton native Mike Eades is the new supervisor of men’s basketball officials for the new Mountain East Conference.

A 20-plus-year veteran official, who has officiated games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East and Big 10, will be in charge of selecting, evaluating and assigning all officials for every men’s basketball game hosted by MEC member institutions, beginning with the inaugural 2013-14 season.

“In Mike Eades, we are tremendously fortunate to attract one of the top officials in NCAA basketball as our first men’s basketball supervisor of officials,” said MEC commissioner Reid Amos in a release. “Mike has worked his way to the top of his profession, having been selected for the NCAA Division I Final Four this year.

“Mike’s on-court experience at the highest levels of collegiate basketball, the contacts that he has in officiating and his expertise in training and development will be invaluable assets as we pursue a model NCAA Division II officiating program.”

Eades knows many of the teams in the new conference well, having begun his officiating career in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1992. He has worked in the Horizon League, Summit League, Big South, Mid-American Conference, Colonial Athletic Association and Atlantic 10 and now works mostly with the ACC, Big East and Big 10. He worked the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship game and has worked eight NCAA Division I Tournaments, including three Sweet 16s.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to become the first men’s basketball supervisor of the Mountain East Conference,” said Eades in the same release. “I look forward to the challenge of developing officials in the league to make it the top Division II staff in the country.

“My main goal is to improve basketball officiating through more training and the use of new technologies that will benefit not only the officials, but the coaches and players, as well. This is a very exciting time for the MEC, and I’m very proud to be on board.”

The MEC was approved as the NCAA’s 25th Division II conference in February. The 12-team all-sports league will feature schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia.

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