BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference announced on Wednesday that Bob Delaney, an accomplished former NBA official and executive with extensive experience in leadership training, will assume the role of Special Advisor for Officiating Development and Performance. In the newly-created position, Delaney will serve as a consultant to the officiating coordinators in each of the SEC's sports. He will also assist the men's and women's coordinators of basketball officials with training, development and evaluation.
"Bob brings a unique perspective to officiating, and his experience with the NBA, law enforcement and U.S. military special forces provides us with helpful insight that will strengthen our overall officiating effort," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Within the SEC we have outstanding leaders serving as officiating coordinators and dedicated individuals who serve as officials and umpires. Bob's engagement with the SEC will provide us with yet another opportunity to improve our focus and performance."
Delaney has served the NBA in various areas of officiating development, including most recently as the Vice President, Referee Operations/Director of Officials. He is the founder of two schools that trained officials for high-integrity roles within the NBA, WNBA and college basketball. His Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) has provided training for the NFL, U.S. Army, FBI, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Homeland Security and more.
During a 25-year NBA officiating career, Delaney officiated more than 1,700 regular season games, more than 200 playoff games, nine Finals and two All-Star Games and was one of the NBA's highest-rated crew chiefs. In 2003 he received the prestigious Gold Whistle Award from the National Association of Sports Officials.