Roy Gardner Men’s Official of the Year (Complete Historical List Below)

IBCA officiating award winners


   Roy Gardner was a basketball official who was a math teacher for 34 years at Batesville High School. He coached basketball at Westland, Rising Sun and Batesville as well as track, baseball and golf at Batesville, with his teams capturing numerous championships. As an official, Gardner worked the 1955, 1956 and 1959 State Finals. He also officiated in the Big Ten from 1959 through 1969, and he called the East-West College All-Star Games in Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1968 and 1969. Gardner was born in 1919 in Lawrenceburg, lettered in basketball and track at Ball State University and passed away in 1977. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. The IBCA has presented an award to an outstanding basketball official in Roy Gardner’s name since 1978.

   1978: Lowell Smith, Palmyra

   1979: Wayne Van Sickle, Richmond

   1980: Troy Ingram, Richmond

   1981: Jerry Larrison, Indianapolis

   1982: John Lozier, Logansport

   1983: Rich Boer, Gary

   1984: Jim Wehsollek, Alexandria

   1985: Jerry Petro, Franklin

   1986: Roger DeYoung, Hebron

   1987: Jesse Lynch, Indianapolis

   1988: Bob Marcinek, East Chicago

   1989: Melvin Redmond, Mt. Vernon

   1990: Steve Cherry, Pendleton

   1991: no award given

   1992: Richard Cook, Michigan City

   1993: Jim Cox, Jonesboro

   1994: Mike Bohan, Brownsburg

   1995: Bill Wulner, Lawrenceburg

   1996: Bob Beeson, Elkhart

   1997: Jerry Cook, Elkhart

   1998: Norm Hathcoat, Pendleton

   1999: Steve Fisher, Poseyville

   2000: Rick Owens, Lynn

   2001: Larry Maxwell, Martinsville

   2002: Larry Jones, Logansport

   2003: Bill Nimnicht, Evansville

   2004: Jimmy Dimitroff, Indianapolis

   2005: Garry Leistner, Dubois

   2006: Ken Gorrell, Franklin

   2007: Jerry Taylor, Lafayette

   2008: James Dunlap, Newburgh

   2009: Don Nester, Indianapolis

   2010: Larry Nixon, Veedersburg

   2011: Mark Baltz, Zionsville

   2012: Bob Anderson, Indianapolis, and Ray Tebbe, New Palestine

   2013: Mike Waisnora, Crown Point

   2014: Terry Magnuson, Greenwood

   2015: Rex Nichols, Mooresville

   2016: Jason Ferguson, Whiteland

   2017: Tom Rohr, Montezuma

   2018: Tom Walters, Indianapolis

   2019: Mike Eason, Cumberland

   2020: Jay Slater, Sullivan

  2021:  Jay Slater, Sullivan is being honored in 2021 (Postponed in 2020)