Joseph Kane

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Kane was an accomplished basketball and football official and considered by many officials, coaches, players and fans, as one of very best to come out of Delaware. He officiated more than 2,500 basketball games (1948-73). Kane officiated high school games as a member of IAABO Board #11..He officiated seven consecutive high school state tournaments including the first-ever in 1967. His last high school tournament was the 1972 semi-final game at the University of Delaware Field House..He served on the high school state tournament committee for six years (1969-74)..Kane served as IAABO Board #11 President for three terms (six years)..He officiated college basketball games for several years with CBOA beginning 1960-61..he was approved in 1957 to officiate in the Eastern Professional Basketball League for five years..Kane was selected to officiate the Eastern Professional Basketball League All-Star game in 1958 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Based on his All-Star game performance and his performance in an NBA game between the Philadlephia Warriors and Syracuse Nationals, he was selected to officiate in the NBA. Kane officiated high school football games 33 years (1948-81), working in the referee position 25 of those years..He was honored by the New Castle County Football Officials Association for his years of service while serving as Association President one year and game assignor nine years. He was the referee for two football state tournament games, including the 1974 championship game. Kane officiated the first Blue-Gold football game in 1956 and several others..He was the Assistant Director of Athletics at Delaware Park for more than 15 years and was a boxing referee in the program.



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