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William Alford

It is a rare distinction to be doubly qualified for the SCSHOF, but Bill Alford fits the bill with excellent careers as a basketball player and a basketball official. The Farrell, PA native stayed in his home state when he decided to take his talents to Gannon College in Erie, where he was a four-year starter. His first season the 6-3 guard made an immediate impact by topping the Knights in scoring and into a berth in the 1961 NCAA Mideast Regional at The University of Akron's Memorial Hall. Although Alford couldn't play due to the NCAA's no freshmen rule, he was accorded honorable mention NAIA All-America honors. Alford would go on to become only the fourth player in Gannon history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. His 1,064 points helped the Knights compile a 66-30 record over his four seasons, including a 20-4 mark in 1963-64. In 1983, his alma mater made Alford a charter inductee into its hall of fame. Alford came to Akron in 1966 and three years later he embarked on a 28-year career as a high school basketball official. He quickly won the respect of coaches, administrators and his fellow officials. He would go on to work 15 boys' state championship games, more than any official from Northeast Ohio. In 1993, Alford was presented the District IV Official of the Year award from the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association and, three years later, he was the recipient of the State of Ohio Outstanding Official Award from the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association. In addition, Alford is a past president of the Greater Akron Basketball Officials Association and the Dapper Dan Club of Akron.

Inducted 1999 | Official, Basketball