US Air Force trail­blazer to guide ref­eree op­er­a­tions

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - NEW YORK (AFP)

— Re­tired Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Michelle John­son, the US Air Force Academy’s first woman su­per­in­ten­dent, was named Thurs­day as the NBA’s new se­nior vice pres­i­dent and head of ref­eree op­er­a­tions, the league an­nounced.

John­son, a top women’s bas­ket­ball player for Air Force be­fore her 1981 grad­u­a­tion, will re­port to league op­er­a­tions pres­i­dent By­ron Spru­ell when she be­gins work Mon­day, a day be­fore the NBA’s 72nd sea­son tips off.

“My love for bas­ket­ball and the op­por­tu­nity to help shape the di­rec­tion of a key op­er­a­tional group within the NBA made this po­si­tion in­cred­i­bly ap­peal­ing to me,” John­son said.

John­son will lead ref­eree re­cruit­ment, train­ing, devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion as well as over­see the NBA Re­play Cen­ter for video over­sight of cer­tain calls and have a key role in the of­fi­ci­at­ing ad­vi­sory coun­cil.

“Michelle has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess­fully lead­ing large, highly pro­fes­sion­al­ized or­ga­ni­za­tions and spurring growth through in­no­va­tion,” Spru­ell said.

“With a dis­ci­plined, an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach to prob­lem solv­ing and a proven track record of build­ing con­sen­sus and act­ing with the ut­most in­tegrity, Michelle has the qual­i­ties to max­i­mize the ef­fec­tive­ness of our of­fi­ci­at­ing pro­gram.”

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