and locations has been fascinating for one of the west coast's top
CHUCK BENEDICT: You were educated in Glendale?
BOB HERROLD: At Hoover High School (graduating in 1948) and Glendale
Community College. After the military, I came back to coach swimming and
water polo at Hoover and at Crescenta Valley High. I retired from the
GUSD School system in 1984.
CB: Were you an athlete?
BH: At Hoover, I was on an outstanding basketball B team. We were
something like 19 and 1 for the season. I played varsity at GCC, where we
beat top-level Ventura on its home court. We had a lot of fun and played
CB: What first brought you into the world of striped shirts?
BH: After officiating church league games, where I had been pressed
into service as a novice, I joined the Basketball Officials Association,
where one tries to learn the rules of the game. I scrambled for
assignments at any level to practice those rules and procedures. I did
church leagues, high school leagues -- everything.
CB: How long did that last?
BH: I stayed in the association for more than 20 years, teaching other
newcomers what I had been taught when I first started.
CB: Ultimately, didn't you become the supervisor of officials for the
West Coast Conference?
BH: I held that title for 14 years, but by then I was a veteran
official. Meantime, I had been a referee in many places, including the
Glendale Park and Recreation Department, high school and junior college
basketball. I was a referee five times in the L.A. City championship game
and a couple of CIF championships. Then I got into college games and
dropped my high school assignments. Ultimately, I was doing about 35
games a year in the Pac-10 and some 50 college games altogether.
CB: Did you want to go higher, like the pros?
BH: No. I did some NCAA Final Four games, but I turned down NAIA and
the NBA because of the hectic travel schedules. I stayed mostly in the
home area doing college basketball at its top level for 20 years until
CB: Were you a Pac-10 official when Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
became a UCLA Bruin?