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Walt Zimmerman

There are few who can match Zimmerman’s record of 55 years as a basketball official in the Ohio High School Athletic Association. When grade school officials gave him his first opportunity to work a game, Zimmerman called four fouls on his brother. They knew they had a born referee. A Buchtel High School graduate, he served in the U.S. Navy where he coached the Central Pacific championship basketball team about the USS Prairie during World War II. Zimmerman later coached at Ohio’s Bluffton College, his alma mater, and earned a masters at Kent State University, before beginning a long teaching and coaching career which included 25 years in the Akron Public Schools. In addition to refereeing the top high school games in Ohio in regular season and state championship competition, Zimmerman officiated basketball for 17 years in the Ohio Conference. He even had the entertaining challenge of refereeing Globetrotters games at Bluffton and Cincinnati, and though the years worked

Inducted 1994 | Official