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WIAA Assistant Executive Director
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Steve Colby 

Steve has spent the last 41 years as a Washington Officials Association (WOA) official for high school basketball in the state. He has officiated at the league, district (19 years for girls, 15 years for boys), and State tournament (seven years for girls, six years for boys) levels. He has also officiated women’s college basketball games (1996-2002). He worked five state championship games and two semi-final games during his officiating career.

Steve worked as an officials’ observer for several years at various level state tournaments. He served as WIAA/WOA camp co-director for three years (2000-03) when the WOA converted to a three-person officiating crew. He was instrumental in getting three-person basketball officiating crews finalized and approved while serving as president of WOA. Steve was responsible for creating and starting the WOA Summer Golf Tournament in conjunction with the WOA conference in Yakima in 2007. He continues to work organizing and directing the golf tournament.

Named the WOA girls basketball official of the year 2001, Steve received the state WOA meritorious award as a member of both the boys and girls groups. He was elected to the WOA Executive Board in 1999 and continues to serve and represent Region 1. He was WOA Vice President for three years (2000-03) and President for five years (2003-07) . Steve created the WOA scholarship program in conjunction with the WOA Executive Board (2011). He has been a member of the WOA Fee Review Committee since being elected to the WOA Executive Board and continues to provide observation services to the Northwest Board. He is the Officials Coordinator at the Tacoma Dome for the past seven years in charge of various combinations of the 2A, 3A, and 4A tournaments. Steve was inducted into the WOA Hall of Fame in 2012.

His service to his own associations as well as to the WOA is unparalleled by any other Washington State Official.

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