by Scott Mauro '94 & '19 | February 5, 2021

Posted Friday, February 5, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

(Orlando, FL) – You can call UCF “Referee U.” The renowned basketball officiating legacy at UCF took a new step Saturday, January 30th, when five former UCF and Recreation and Wellness Center Employees officiated NBA games on the same day. To put it in perspective, 20% of the referees on the court that day started in the RWC Officials Development Program.

Brent Barnaky, John Conley, Robert Hussey, Dannica Mosher, and Brandon Schwab worked games in three time zones from Miami to the San Francisco Bay area.

Barnaky and Hussey worked in the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings game; Mosher officiated the game between the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trailblazers; Conley in Dallas for the Mavericks and Phoenix Suns; and Schwab was out west for the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons game. Ray Acosta, another UCF Knight working full-time in the NBA, had the night off.

Conley, Hussey, Mosher, and Schwab are all working part-time in the NBA for the first time this season.  Mosher is the first woman in UCF history to work as a full-time official in the WNBA (women’s professional league). The three men work full-time in the NBA developmental league called the NBA G-League. Barnaky is in his eleventh year as a full-time NBA referee. His career spans more than 500 games, including the playoffs.

The RWC program has produced officials in professional and college football and college, Olympic, and professional basketball. Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Shane Land, a college basketball official himself, says it was a great night to be a Knight.

“Each of these officials is very talented and has worked tirelessly to get to where they are today. Our program is the starting block for many young officials.  We try to teach strong fundamentals and provide a good foundation for growth.  We are happy to have contributed to the success of these officials.  They are truly deserving.”

For more information on the UCF Basketball Officiating program contact Scott Mauro at scott.mauro@ucf.edu or call 407-823-2408.