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MCCC Professor Bob Pugh Receives Steve Bamford Award for ECAC Officiating


Bob Pugh addresses the audience at the ECAC's 85th Annual All-Met Haggerty Awards Dinner on April 25. Photo by Geraldo Rodriguez.

Bob Pugh with ECAC President/CEO Dan Coonan. Photo by Geraldo Rodriguez.

West Windsor, N.J. – Long-time Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Professor of Physical Education Bob Pugh, of Hamilton, is the recipient of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) 2018 Steve Bamford Award for Distinguished Service to ECAC Basketball Officiating. Pugh was honored at the 85th Annual All-Met Haggerty Awards Dinner on April 25 in Tarrytown, NY.

Pugh has been a faculty member at Mercer since 1972. He is coordinator for Health and Physical Education and was the recipient of the MCCC Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

In accepting the award, Pugh displayed the gracious good humor that has endeared him to so many over the years.

"I truly appreciate the ECAC for acknowledging my work with them," he said. "I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. Steve Bamford and I worked hard together over the years and we had fun."

Pugh noted that some of his officiating colleagues from New Jersey attended the dinner and that meant a lot to him. He also thanked his wife, Brenda, for her unwavering support.

The Steve Bamford Award is presented to an ECAC basketball official, coordinator or assigner who has made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to the Conference's officiating bureau. Now retired, Bamford served in multiple roles at the ECAC: as interim commissioner (2006-07; 2012-13); as special advisor to the President/CEO (2014-16); and as administrator of the ECAC Officiating Bureau.

Pugh has been involved in high school and college basketball officiating for more than two decades. He began working top high school games around New Jersey before moving to the collegiate level as a referee, later as assessor, and eventually as assigner.
Pugh served as the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) High School Basketball Interpreter for 18 years and was a member of the National Federation Rules Committee for boys and girls high school basketball for four years.

Pugh has been a Division I basketball official for the past 25 years. He was the ECAC coordinator for men's and women's Region 19 basketball for 10 years and is currently the coordinator for the New Jersey Athletic Conference Division III men's basketball officials. He also held the role of observer for men's basketball officials for the Ivy League for 12 years.

Pugh has received various recognitions for his accomplishments over the years. In 1995, he was awarded the MCCC Community Service Award and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Supervisor's Award. In 2002, Pugh was honored by the NJSIAA Sports Award for his contributions to interscholastic athletics. In 2004, he was recognized by the College Basketball Officials Association (CBOA) with the Metro New Jersey Service Award. He was also selected as the winner of the Bob Kanaby Award from the NJSIAA in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the sport of basketball in 2007.

In 2012 Pugh was a recipient of the prestigious John P. Nucatola Honorary Life Membership Award presented by the CBOA to members who have made significant contributions through their commitment and dedication to support CBOA for the betterment of college basketball officiating.

Established in 1938, the ECAC is the nation's largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. The ECAC hosts numerous championships in men's and women's sports across Divisions I, II and III, offering opportunities for thousands of student athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.

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