Longtime Supervisor of Officials John Dangleis was honored at the GSAC All-Sports meeting at Vanguard University, Sept. 9. Dangleis served as the GSAC's supervisor of basketball officials since the conference's inaugural 1986-87 season until he passed away earlier this year. John's wife Sue (below left), daughter Dore, and his son Dave (below center), who is the current supervisor of officials for the conference, were recognized on his behalf by GSAC Commissioner Mike Daniels (below right) and former commissioner Dr. Cliff Hamlow.
Dangleis began officiating basketball in 1957 and was working at the collegiate level by 1960. He had the honor of working the NAIA championship tournament in Kansas City five straight years, which at the time, was the maximum one could serve. Additionally, he worked the championship game 4 out of 5 years, also the maximum allowed for an official. In addition to basketball, Dangleis served as the meet director of four NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meets.
It was 1974 when John began assigning college basketball. Over the next 38 years, he served as coordinator for both men's and women's officials for numerous conferences. In addition to 26 years with the GSAC, he also worked with the PCAA/Big West, SCIAC, CCAA and the Foothill Athletic Conference. His retirement from the NCAA Division I level came after 30 years of service, making him the longest sitting coordinator in NCAA history. John has helped launch and perpetuate the careers of countless men's and women's basketball officials on the west coast, including many who now serve in the NBA.
"John was very professional and always a gentleman," said Dr. David Holmquist, Biola Men's Basketball Coach. "He worked well with both officials and coaches. His ability to relate with people and solve problems made him an excellent supervisor. He will be greatly missed."
The GSAC is thankful to John Dangleis for his numerous seasons of service to the conference, coaches and athletes.