Mike Scanlon has one more high school game on his schedule to work this season: Feb. 9, Waterbury Career vs. Crosby. But he said he is going to not help officiate that game.
“I have five college games that week,” Scanlon said.
So assuming Friday night was it, when Scanlon was part of a three-man crew in Hamden’s 67-62 home win over Notre Dame-West Haven, it’s the end to 37 years as an IAABO Board 10 official.
“You want to go out on your own terms versus having to go when you can’t do it anymore,” Scanlon said. “I still feel I’d rather leave now than a year too late.”
Scanlon, a 58-year-old Wallingford resident, will continue to officiate college games for the remainder of this season before he moves to Pawleys Island, South Carolina. He retired from his full-time job at Anheuser Busch last July.
Scanlon, whose career has spanned four commissioners for Board 10 (Rudy Canelli, Babe Amendola, Tony Barbaro and Buddy Chernovetz, said he likely would have stepped away even if he was staying in Connecticut.
“I’ll miss the players, fellow officials and, believe it or not, the coaches,” Scanlon said. “Some people think officials and coaches always have adversarial relationships, but it was different for me. I coached for so long (softball at Lyman Hall and Amity), I understand what they go through. It’s not an easy job. I enjoyed it. I made a lot of friends over the years.”