Sharkey and Switzer – Hall of Fame

Author: Chad Adams

Two members of the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Officials Association have been bestowed the honor of being inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officiating Hall of Fame. Those members are the late Michael “Mick” Sharkey and Gary “Bucky” Switzer.


Michael “Mick” Sharkey
Hall of Fame – Class of 2010

Mick Sharkey was a veteran official in baseball, basketball, and football. He was the president of Blue Chip Umpires Association (baseball) for many years, and was a fixture in the amateur sports scene. Mick was a baseball umpire at the collegiate level, and a regular post season attendee in all of the sports that he officiated. His dedication to the vocation of officiating, as well as to the players and his colleagues are what paved the way for his induction into the OHSAA Hall of Fame.


Gary “Bucky” Switzer
Hall of Fame – Class of 2010

Bucky Switzer has been a staple of the officiating community since 1971. A two sport official (basketball and football), Bucky is no stranger to the post-season in both arena’s. Thirty-nine (39) years of basketball officiating along with twenty-eight (28) years of football officiating have qualified Bucky as an expert in his field. His willingness to teach younger officials has been extended to the classroom, where he is one of the instructors for the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Officials Association. Not to keep a good thing to himself, Bucky enjoys his vocation with his son on the turf, and his son-in-law on both the turf and the hardwood.

Sharkey and Switzer are joined by a third member of the Southwest district, the late Mr. Buehl Roach, an official out of Butler County. Congratulations to the Buehl and Sharkey families, and to Bucky Switzer… all well deserved.

Details for the Saturday, June 26th induction ceremony are yet to be announced on theĀ Ohio High School Athletic Association website.

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