NEW YORK– The WNBA announced today that Sue Blauch, a WNBA referee for 20 seasons, has been named to the newly created role of Head of WNBA Referee Performance and Development.
Blauch will step away from officiating games to assume the position with the league office immediately. She worked her final game on July 24 at Indiana.
In her new role, Blauch will oversee the day-to-day management and on-court performance of the WNBA’s officiating staff. Blauch will report to Monty McCutchen, NBA Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training.
Blauch has worked the WNBA Finals since 2005 and officiated the 2006 and 2011 WNBA All-Star Games. Her international career began in 1997 and culminated with the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Bronze Medal game at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
“Sue is uniquely positioned to transition into a leadership role in the WNBA officiating program,” said McCutchen. “That stems, first and foremost, from the fact that she has earned the resolute respect of players, coaches and, of course, her peers during an exemplary career. Sue’s experience, knowledge and insight into how the league can best support its talented team of referees will prove to be invaluable.”
Blauch, 53, has 28 years of college officiating experience in the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, American, Big East, Conference USA and Colonial conferences. She has worked the NCAA Tournament since 1996, including the 2009 and 2011 Final Fours. Blauch also officiated multiple conference championship games, including the ACC, Big Ten and Conference USA.
“Officiating is a passion of mine,” said Blauch. “There are few things as exciting as being on the court. And while stepping away from that is a difficult decision, this is an incredible opportunity to make an impact in an entirely new and innovative way with a fresh perspective while continuing to work closely with the dedicated and talented officials in this league.”
A native of Short Gap, WV, Blauch earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University. In addition to officiating, Blauch worked in higher education for 15 years in various roles, including director of housing and residence life and regional director of development at Eastern Mennonite University.
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