Today’s officials are not like the ones of old, more and more ex-players are suiting up, and wearing the stripes. Their love and passion for the sport drew them back. Despite their bodies denying them the ability to continue playing. Vince Pease is one of those individuals who have found their way back home.
Who is Vincent Pease?
Home is where the heart is, the basketball court was a place we went to in order to escape the outside world, and understand hard work mixed with teamwork. Vince Pease played baseball basketball his entire life and it started at Bishop McDevitt in Pennsylvania. And yes, he actually played basketball. Mr. Pease amassed a little under 1500 career points and was close to the mountain top of high school sports. He’s played against our very own Hall of Fame basketball player Blake Hamilton, and many others.
Vince was the second leading scorer behind teammate Ronny Lemelle who scored over 1600 points and ended up at Auburn University. Vince has played the game and played it well. He’s even hit a game winner in high school, not too many players can say that, and even less parents. He continued his career at Kutztown University, playing 4 years, and over 100 games.
After graduating with his BA in Business Management he went back home to play for the Harrisburg Horizon for two years. It wasn’t long before he became a PIAA Official. Becoming an official has given him back the ability to stay on the court, and the satisfaction to see the future of the sport. He’s more than a guy officiating your kid’s games, or division 2 or 3 level games. He’s a player who knows and understands the importance of each play. He makes it clear that his mission is to not be seen or heard, a mission that most officials strive for. But perfection is a myth, and we as players, parents, and coaches need to understand this.
So, the next time you see him in one of these leagues Landmark MAC, Centennial CSAC, NEAC, or the CACC and MEC. Show a little love, and understand that he can probably ball you out on the court.