Derek Linn’s basketball officiating “career” got off to an inauspicious start.
Linn was 14 years old, tagging along with his father, Bob, who was working Jerry Hoover’s D-One basketball camp at Spiece Fieldhouse at Fort Wayne. “I thought I’d be shooting at an empty basket and watching basketball for a couple days,” Derek said.
The camp was short on officials. At his father’s urging, Derek put on the stripes, grabbed a whistle, and worked the camp as an official for the first time.
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