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Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 08/22/2014
Larry Rose
Coordinator of Basketball Officials (Men)

Larry Rose has had a long and outstanding career as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials, a position he began in 2007.

Thus far, Rose has officiated in 10 NCAA Division I conferences consisting of the ACC, A-10, Big East, Big 12, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), C-USA, MEAC, SEC, Southern and Sun Belt. In seven of those conferences (ACC, A-10, CAA, C-USA, MEAC, Southern and Sun Belt), Rose has officiated in 49 conference tournaments, including 27 tournament finals. 

The first African-American to officiate the ACC Tournament Championship, Rose also officiated 19 straight NCAA Tournaments (1989-2007). Rose has worked in 16 Sweet Sixteens, 16 Elite Eights and six Final Fours (1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005.

In 2003, Rose was awarded the Naismith Award, an accolade given to the best collegiate men's basketball official of the year.

Before coming to Division I, Rose worked at the Division II level, officiating in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) from 1976-92. In 1979, he began officiating in the CIAA Tournament. Two years later, he worked the first of 11 consecutive CIAA Finals (1981-92).

Rose followed his time at the CIAA officiating in two MEAC Tournaments (1992-93) before returning to the CIAA to become the league's Supervisor of Officials (1993-94).

Prior to working in Division II, Rose officiated at the high school level (1969-75). In 1976, Rose began a lengthy affiliation with the Virginia High School League (1976-88). While in the league, Rose officiated in multiple VHSL Tournaments (1979-86) as well as three VHSL State Finals in 1980, 1982 and 1983.

A native of Franklin, Va., Rose is a 1972 graduate of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) with a Bachelor of Science in Business and is an alumnus of hometown Hayden High School.

In addition to his duties at the MEAC, Rose divides his time officiating at Southampton High School in Courtland, Va.