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Lloyd R. Leith

Enshrined 1983
San Francisco, CA
December 7, 1902 - September 30, 1979

Biography

In 1931, disturbed by the quality of the referees he saw on the court, Lloyd Leith, then coach of Balboa Mission High School in San Francisco, promptly decided to make officiating a career. Hard working, dedicated, and single-minded, Leith organized basketball officials in the Bay Area and began to train them. From 1940 to 1965, Leith brought credibility and stature to West Coast referees. Leith officiated in the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (later the Pacific Coast Conference - PCC) for 25 years and the national AAU tournament for ten years. Leith was the PCC supervisor of officials for seven years.

Career Highlights

Officiated NCAA Championship game between Kentucky and Kansas State, 1951
Officiated in the NCAA tournament for sixteen years
Became the tenth referee enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame
Supervisor of officials of the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 1955-62