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Mike Eades Named the American Athletic Conference's Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating

POSTED: May 5, 2020 -- 10:14 p.m. CT

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Tuesday that Mike Eades has been named Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating. Eades will also serve as the manager of the officiating consortium that consists of the SEC, The American, Sun Belt and ASUN conferences.

In his role as Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating, Eades, who brings 24 years of collegiate basketball officiating experience and was three times selected to officiate the Final Four, will be in charge of selection, training and evaluation along with the assignment of officials for men's basketball games hosted by American Athletic Conference member institutions.

"Mike Eades has officiated at the highest levels of collegiate basketball and he brings experience and expertise to the American Athletic Conference as our new Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating," Aresco said. "His knowledge and integrity, along with almost 25 years of on-court officiating experience, will be an important resource for our member schools."

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Eades has vast experience as an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament official, highlighted by Final Fours in 2015, 2016 and 2017. His 24-year career also includes four Sweet 16 assignments and five Elite 8 assignments.

He has been serving as an official in The American, SEC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic 10, CAA and Big South games while also holding the position of Supervisor of Men’s Basketball Officials for the Mountain East Conference, a role he has held since 2013, and the River States Conference since 2018.

Eades' basketball officiating career began in 1992 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and he also officiated for the Horizon League, Summit League, Big South and Mid-American Conference early in his career.

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