The United States Polo Association (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo, has appointed former NBA referee Bob Delaney as an adviser to the USPA Umpires, LLC.
Delaney, a former NASO Gold Whistle Award recipient, will assist in umpire development, concentrating on leadership, communication and professionalism. He will report to Charlie Muldoon, USPA Umpires, LLC Executive Director.
“We’re looking to follow other sports industries’ high standards through our work with Bob Delaney,” said Peter Rizzo, CEO of USPA. “We look forward to his insight and wealth of intelligence from years with the NBA. He will be a great asset in building unity in the (USPA) Umpires, LLC and ultimately improve officiating the game at all levels of polo.”
Delaney has a background in training and mentoring officials. He is also former undercover cop before joining the NBA. Over the past three years, he’s worked as a NBA referee development adviser, crew chief development adviser and led the Referee Leadership Program.
“I have found polo umpires to be similar to other sports officials, they want to be the best umpires they can be in order to serve their sport,” said Delaney. “I find this with sports officials across the board. They have tremendous work ethic and are their own most severe critics with the purpose of improving their profession.”