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WNBA Names Dee Kantner Supervisor of Officials

December 16, 2004 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) News Release

NEW YORK, December 16, 2004 – Dee Kantner has been named WNBA Supervisor of Officials, it was announced today by WNBA President Val Ackerman. The appointment is effective immediately.

"Dee is one of the preeminent officials in women's basketball, and she brings an exceptional and varied level of experience to the position," said Ackerman.

Kantner will be responsible for the recruitment, training and daily supervision of the WNBA officiating staff, as well with assisting with game rules development. She served for the past two seasons as the WNBA's Director of Referee Development, where she assisted in referee recruiting and training. Kantner was an NBA referee for five seasons and served as the WNBA's original Supervisor of Officials for the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Kantner has officiated six women’s NCAA Final Fours, including four national championship games, and was named the Naismith Award winner as the 1997 Official of the Year, as well as the 1996 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Official of the Year. Kantner has extensive FIBA officiating experience, including the 1994 and 1998 Women’s World Championship, and the 2000 Olympics, and spent two seasons as a referee in the Continental Basketball Association.

Kantner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a four-year member of the women’s field hockey team and participated in one season of basketball and track.

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