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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)