Courtney Kirkland

OFFICIAL #61
NBA Experience 17 seasons
Currently in his 18th NBA season
Born Oct. 22, 1974 (Flint, Mich.)
Resides Atlanta
HS Flint Northwestern (Flint, Mich.)
College Southern University ’99

Over the past 15 seasons, Courtney Kirkland has officiated 911 regular season games and seven playoff games. He also officiated two seasons in the WNBA, including the 2000 WNBA Finals and the 1999 Conference Finals. Kirkland also officiated the 2010 and 2011 Venezuelan LPB basketball championships.

Prior to joining the NBA, Kirkland also worked three seasons in the CBA where he officiated the 1999 and 2000 CBA Finals as well as the 2000 CBA All-Star Game. He was a high school official for four years as a member of the Baton Rouge (La.) Basketball Officials Association and was named Rookie Official of the Year in 1994.

Kirkland earned a degree in Computer Science from Southern University. He was a member of the Northwestern High School basketball team that made it to the state semifinals in 1991 and 1992. Kirkland received the school’s Academic award, and led the team in assists, free throw and three-point shooting percentage.

Off the court, Kirkland created the Kennedy Leigh Kirkland Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2005 in memory of his daughter, who passed away at the young age of 6 weeks. The Scholarship Fund was created to provide educational assistance to siblings of children who have passed away.

Away from basketball, Kirkland enjoys golf, physical fitness, studying basketball film, writing and producing films and reading with his children.