Founded in 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Ohio Valley Officials Basketball Officials Association is an OHSAA sanctioned officials association and training organization. Our referees serve high school leagues in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Dan Tehan – Bill Smith Award

Since 1980, the OVBOA has awarded the Dan Tehan Award to a deserving veteran member for leadership, dedication to officiating, achievement and service to the association. ┬áIn 2009, the association added the late Bill Smith’s name in honor of his 50 plus years of service to the association.

2011 – Greg Sims
2010 – Eddie Gregory
2009 – Jerry McClatchey
2008 – Mick Sharkey
2007 – Mike Heizman
2005 – Ray Vaughn
2004 – Tom Driggers
2003 – Bobby Sagers, Jr.
2001 – Clint Bard
2000 – Tom Berns
1998 – Kelly Whelan
1996 – Larry Betsch
1994 – Tom Clark
1993 – Butch Burbridge
1992 – Pat Brown
1991 – Bob Sagers, Sr.
1990 – Bob Goe
1989 – Don Schneider
1988 – Ron Rakel
1986 – Cliff Franklin
1985 – George Markley
1984 – Dave Garwood
1983 – Bill Smith
1982 – Bob Hartman
1981 – Ed Monohan
1980 – Owen Donahue
1980 – Tom Ballaban