About Us

The Fairfield County Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. (IAABO Board 9) is a Connecticut corporation guided by a member elected 15 person Board of Directors. We are affiliated with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. (IAABO) which is headquartered in Ocean Pines, Maryland. IAABO is the only organization of its kind in the world: a nonprofit service and professional organization managed by and for amateur basketball officials. 

IAABO Board 9 has a long history of service to the game of basketball in the State of Connecticut. On May 15, 1923 the Fairfield County Board of Approved Basketball Officials received its charter starting with 16 members, listing Alexander Leverty of Bridgeport as its first President. Our membership now exceeds 250 members.

IAABO Board 9 is a member of the Connecticut State Board of Approved Basketball Officials which is made up of leadership of the five regional IAABO boards in the State of Connecticut. On the international level, IAABO Board 9 is a active participant with representation on the Executive Committee and standing committee participants.  Three of our members have been elected IAABO International President- Donald Lomme of Westport in 1968, Peter Carroll of Stratford in 2007 and Joseph Gintoli of Shelton in 2017. Throughout its history, IAABO Board 9 has always had a reputation of being a leader in the circles of basketball officiating.

 IAABO Board 9 is contracted by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to officiate all boys and girls high school basketball contests in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In addition, our members service regional youth, recreation and other basketball programs.

History of the Board

The Fairfield County Board of Approved Basketball Officials received its charter on May 21, 1923. For over 95 years we have provided service to youth groups, recreation programs and schools of Fairfield County, Connecticut.


46-47  Joseph Andrews 72-73  Ed Balla
47-48  Fran Jurgenson73-75  John Hagan
48-49  Donald Lomme    75-76  John Lewis
49-50 Jack Lyddy76-77  William Moore
50-51  Joseph Savarine77-78  Bob Dion
51-52  John Scalzi78-79  Ed Barosky
52-53  Jack Lockery79-81 Leonard L Crone
53-54 James Penders81-83 Steve Donahue
54-55  Harry Rinaldi83-85 Peter Carroll
55-56  Elliot Graham85-87 John Peters
56-57 Frank Dornfeld87-89 Stu Greenberg
57-58  Robert Balla89-91 Joe Gintoli
58-59  Walter O’Meara91-93 Tony Martinelli
59-60  Augie Lacavelle93-95 Vin Hirschbeck
60-61  Edward Bonello 95-97 Mark Karagus
61-62  Jack Bowden97-99 Roger Gautrau
62-63  George Powers99-01 Joe Liberatore
63-64  Bernie Iassogna01-03 Al Vazquez
64-65  Norman Ritchel03-05 Lou DeMaio
65-66  Jack Cronin05-07 Craig Zysk
66-67  Fred Rodia07-09 Bill Vasaturo
67-68  John Valmis09-11 Walter Brown
68-69  George Stein11-13 Shawn Donovan
69-70  Nick Zeoli13-15 Sgt Tom Brown
70-71  Joe Bennett15-17 John Inesta
71-72  Richard Giansello17-19 Bud Williams

19-22 Tom Sportini

IAABO #9 Honorary Members

Honorary Membership to IAABO Board 9 is awarded to a person who has honorably distinguished themselves in service to our organization.

Joseph Andrews
Edwin Balla
Robert Balla
Joseph Bennett
Edward Bonello
Jack Bowden
Bill Coffey
Leonard L. Crone
Stephen Donahue
William Donlin
Charles Doran
Walt Dunn
Sid Englander
Louis Filippetti
Leonard Frate
Richard Giansello
Stuart Greenberg
John Hagan
Phil Ianazzo
Joseph Kerpchar
Nick Koules
William Krause
John Laureno
Gary Liberatore
Joseph Liberatore
Donald Lomme
Jack Lyddy
Jerry McDougall Sr.
Joseph Miller
Robert Murphy
John Peters
Charles Petrino
Louis Plummer
Fred Rodia
Peter Romano
Sandy Sulzycki
Carmine Vaccaro
John Valmis
George Vincent
Ron Wallisa
Don Warzocha
Nick Zeoli