ENHANCING Victorian referee development and elite refereeing pathways, Basketball Victoria is proud to announce the expansion of its Technical Officials Department with Tim Mills and Nathan Williams joining our staff.
Mills provides a wealth of experience as his superb refereeing record as our new Referee Development Officer (Metropolitan). He’s a well-accredited NBL, WNBL, SEABL and Big V referee and one of Basketball Victoria Country’s more famous referees, having grown up in Bendigo. He has also served as a past SEABL Referee Commissioner and has an extensive career professionally as a consultant in the HR sector.
“I’ll be fairly focused on the referee and referee development side of things and working closely with the associations too – so I’ll be out there visiting the associations and seeing what their structures and what their development looks like,” Mills said.
“Will be out with Big V and the MUVJBL as well to improve the standards of officiating across the board.
“There’s a lot of development to be done – we still have referees that have ambition to reach the elite level and I’m pretty much part of the process to help them achieve that. “Help them reach that at the state level but also to reach the SEABL, WNBL and potentially the NBL.
“I’ve been very fortunate of being able to rise to the elite level with FIBA and other leagues, so I’m keen to help the referees who have the same ambition to reach those pathways.”
“Biggest lesson is patience, but it’s really about being the best you possibly can be every game that you go out to officiate – it’s about continue to show potential by working hard on your own development. Don’t just rely on everyone else to get you there – it’s about what you put into it and if you do that, the resources can be there to help you.”
Mills will assist all metropolitan referees, branches, referee coaches and referee advisors.
Nathan Williams, our new Technical Officials Officer, provides a wealth of experience from his time as a SEABL and Big V referee and from his professional life working with Basketball Victoria Country, Bendigo Basketball and lately managing the Shepparton Gators representative program.
“I’ve had a huge passion for basketball and with refereeing, I’m currently refereeing in SEABL and Big V and have been involved since I was 14 as a player, coach and referee.
“I just love the sport – I’m passionate about basketball and being involved in basketball.
“I’ll be within the Technical Officials Administration – including the previous VBRA – working within that across the leagues – such as Big V and MUVJBL – within the referees departments.
“The main focus is development within that, but it’s also the administration and communication to all the branches and associations as well – we have a large amount of association input and it’s being able to work with the associations in their refereeing areas.”
Williams is now our primary contact for all referee enquiries and be working on the establishment of Basketball Victoria’s database for collective referees.
Basketball Victoria Operations Manager Grant Wallace said Williams and Mills are phenomenal appointments and showcase the level of commitment the organization has to referee development and education.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Tim Mills and Nathan Williams to our newly formed BV Technical Officials Department,” Wallace said. “These appointments complete the BV operational team charged with the responsibility of leading the growth, education and retention of referees, referee coaches and referee’s advisors around the state.
“Tim and Nathan are fantastic referees and we see it as an important step to bring their experience and expertise into our staff to help enhance refereeing throughout Victoria.
“The Technical Officials team of five operational staff is a wonderful investment by the sport in applying our finite resources to arguably the most important segment of our sport.”
Mills and Williams will join Bill Mildenhall (Technical Officials Manager), Jo Chu (Referees Appointments Officer) and Karin Berrysmith (Technical Officials Development Officer – Country) in the newly expanded department.