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VP Candidate Bio – Darrell “Doc” Rodgers | Ohio Valley Basketball Officials Association | Cincinnati Ohio

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VP Candidate Bio – Darrell “Doc” Rodgers

Posted by | November 4, 2010 .

Darrell “Doc” Rodgers – Candidate for VP

Doc began officiating basketball in the 1985-86 in Oklahoma. He also began his 20 year professional baseball career the same year. Doc played minor league baseball, coached minor league baseball and served as a baseball executive for the Reds, Orioles, and Tigers.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/TV/Film as well as a Master’s Degree in Sports Management both from the University of Oklahoma.

He was introduced to basketball officiating by a fellow college and minor league baseball teammate.  He started his officiating career calling college intramural games at the University of Oklahoma.  By the late eighties he was calling a full varsity schedule and his final game called in Oklahoma was a post season contest in February of 1993.   Doc was hired by the Reds to be the Asst. Baseball Operations in December 1992, but decided to remain in Oklahoma to complete his 1992-1993 Basketball officiating schedule.

In the fall of 1993, Doc began his Ohio/Cincinnati officiating career.  At that time Ohio and Oklahoma had a reciprocity agreement, and he was immediately classified a Class 1 official in Ohio because of his work in Oklahoma.  Doc became a member of the Ohio Valley then and remained a member through the 1995-1996 season.

Doc did not officiate from 1996 through 2004.   He moved to Detroit in 1996 to become their Director of Baseball Administration.   In 1997-2002 he served as the Assistant General Manager for the Cincinnati Reds.  In 2003-2004, Doc was the Director of Minor League Operations for the Baltimore Orioles.  You can listen to Doc during the baseball season as he now host “Extra Innings” on AM 700wlw on regularly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and occasionally on weekdays. He just completed his third season as host of “Extra Innings”

Doc returned to Basketball Officiating and the OVBOA in Fall 2005.  Although not a requirement to be reinstated as a Class 1 official, his first step back after his 9 year absence from basketball officiating was to complete a first year official’s class.  This year Doc will officiate varsity Boys and Girls games in the GCL, GMC, CHL, Fort Ancient Valley, Miami Valley, and Southern Buckeye leagues.  The past several years he has also officiated AAU, CYO, CAYBL and numerous local youth tournaments in the Cincinnati Area.  Doc officiates basketball all year long and it is the only sport he officiates.

Doc served on the At-Large Advisory Board for OVBOA in 2008 and 2009.  He has witnessed first hand the tremendous progress the OVBOA has made over the years.   He looks forward to being apart of the organization for many years to come.  He believes there are tremendous benefits to being a member of the OVBOA whether it be in a leadership role or as an fellow basketball official taking advantage of the education, expertise, mentorship and experience that the OVBOA provides.