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Joe Forte #45


Experience: 18 seasons, currently in his 19th NBA season
Born: March 17, 1944 (New York)
Resides: Smyrna, GA
HS: Levittown Memorial (Levittown, NY)
College: High Point University '67

  • Officiated 1,219 regular season games, 116 playoff games, and one NBA Finals game.
  • Officiated the 2000 All-Star Game and the 1992 and 1994 Mexico Challenge as well as the 1999 McDonald's Championship in Milan, Italy.
  • Only official ever to have worked a high school state championship, an NCAA championship, an Olympic Gold Medal game and an NBA Finals game.
  • Co-inventor of the "Fox-40 Whistle, " used by the NBA, FIBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, CFL, FINA and FIFA.
  • FIBA official since 1973; officiated the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal Game in Seoul, South Korea, and the Pan American Games.
  • Seventeen years of collegiate officiating experience, including games in the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic 10, Big East, Southeastern and Sun Belt Conferences.
  • Officiated five NCAA Championships, eight ACC Championships, three Atlantic 10 Championships, and six NCAA Regional Championship Games.
  • Served as President of the ACC officials association in 1988.
  • Naismith Award winner as 1988 Official of the Year and 1988 Smyrna Citizen of the Year.
  • Fourteen years of high school officiating experience in Virginia, including the 1974 State Championship Game.
  • Played professional baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1968 and 1969.
  • Attended High Point University on a baseball scholarship and served as team captain.
  • Financial Director at High Point College 1967-68 as well as the Assistant Director of Admissions.
  • Voted outstanding athlete of his high school in 1961 after serving as captain of the baseball team.
  • Achieved All-Nassau County honors in baseball and basketball in high school.
  • Received the Panther Award for High School Athlete of the year 1961.
  • Member of the USA Basketball Committee 1990-1999.
  • Interests include golf and instructing officials
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