Wheeling, W.Va. - The Mountain East Conference has announced the hiring of Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, and Big Ten official Mike Eades as the MEC’s first Supervisor of Men’s Basketball Officials. The 20-plus year veteran and Princeton, W.Va. native will be charged with selecting, evaluating, and assigning all officials for every men’s basketball game hosted by MEC member institutions beginning with the inaugural 2013-14 season. Eades will begin his duties immediately.
“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,” MEC Commissioner Reid Amos said. “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 basketball officiating career began in 1992 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). During his career Eades has additionally served as an official for the Horizon League, Summit League, Big South, Mid-American Conference (MAC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Atlantic 10, and today works mostly in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big East, and Big Ten. Eades worked the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship game and since has worked eight NCAA Division I Tournaments, including three Sweet 16’s, 1 Elite Eight and for the first time in his career was selected as one of ten officials for the Final Four in 2013.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to become the first Men’s Basketball Supervisor of the Mountain East Conference,” Eades said. “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.”
As Supervisor, Eades will develop the Mountain East Conference staff as part of a new officiating organization that will enjoy a cooperative relationship with Elite Officiating, which is operated by Big Ten men’s basketball official Bill Ek. Elite Officiating serves multiple conferences, including Division II’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).
“Bill Ek has been a trailblazer in developing a leading organization in small college basketball with Elite Officiating. Having the talent, experience, and regional knowledge of a Mike Eades as our MEC Supervisor working cooperatively with Ek’s organization provides us with an opportunity to maximize our resources, share in some costs, and create a partnership that benefits all involved. This is simply a great opportunity for the MEC,” said Commissioner Amos.
The MEC was approved as the NCAA’s 25th Division II conference in February. The 12-team regional all-sports league, featuring schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia, will sponsor championship competition in 16 men’s and women’s sports during the 2013-14 academic year.