Clifford B. "Cliff" Fagan

Enshrined 1984
Mankata, MN
March 3, 1911 - January 18, 1995


A basketball official for sixteen years, Cliff Fagan devoted his life to the improvement of officiating and administration. Fagan spent ten years as executive secretary of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Joining the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations in 1957, he became the organization's executive director from 1959 to 1977. One of Fagan's crowning achievements was the expansion of the Federation to include all 50 states implementing programs that reached 60,000 teams and more than 800,000 boys and girls. Fagan also made meaningful contributions by originating and publishing Basketball Officials Manual, Basketball Rules, Simplified and Illustrated, and a basketball rules and officiating film.

Career Highlights

Executive Secretary of Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, 1947-1957
Secretary of National Basketball Rules Committee, 1958-1977
Executive Director of National Federation of High Schools, 1959-1977
Member, U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, 1961-1976