Darlene May

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Darlene May



Class of 1999


• Has been recognized internationally as one of women's basketball's all-time premier officials

• Became the first female to officiate an Olympic women's basketball game when she refereed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

• Was the first woman to officiate a men's international game when she officiated in the 1977 World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria

• Also officiated the FIBA 50th Anniversary game in Geneva, Switzerland

• Was the winningest coach in NCAA Division II women's basketball history until 1999

• Posted a career record of 519-119 (.813 winning percentage) in 20 years as head coach at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona

• Guided the Broncos to three NCAA Division II titles (1982, 1985, 1986) and 13 consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association crowns

• Was twice selected as Division II National Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (1988, 1990)


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