Weekly Feature

2014-07-10 / Sports

Background info

Depew is home to one of the most highly respected Division I men’s basketball referees. Kevin Ferguson was born in Depew, played basketball at the Depew Boys Club and graduated from Depew High School in 1979.

Ferguson is currently the part-time recreation director in Depew and he also works full-time as the athletic director at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center.

For the Village of Depew, he has held a basketball clinic at Fireman's Park, had all of the backboards painted and replaced all of the rims.

But during college basketball season from November to March, Ferguson travels around the country refereeing under contract for four different conferences.

He first started playing basketball at the Depew Boys Club as a kid and continued to play into the men’s recreation league at the club.

But in 1980 — one year after graduating high school — Ferguson broke his ankle on two separate occasions while playing basketball.

“The guy that used to referee my games said to me ‘why don’t you take up refereeing?’ And I said, because I don’t like you guys,” Ferguson said. “He said why don’t you try it, and it all went from there. I never played again. I’ll shoot around a little bit, but I never picked up a ball again.”

In 1981, Ferguson started working for the Depew Boys Club refereeing 11U and 13U games even though he was not officially certified at that time.

Two years later he took the high school refereeing exam and then in 2002 he finally reached the Division I level.

Now he referees close to 60 Division I games each year.

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