Zach Zarba

NBA Experience 21st season
Born April 29, 1975 (New York)
Resides Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School Midwood (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
College SUNY New Paltz ’97

Zach Zarba has officiated 1,246 regular-season games in 20 seasons as an NBA staff official. He has also refereed 146 playoff games, including 12 NBA Finals games. Other assignments have included the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto.

Zarba considers his most memorable NBA assignment to be his first NBA Finals: Game 3 of the 2013 Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. 

Before joining the NBA, Zarba officiated in the NBA G League for two years, where he worked the Finals. He also refereed one year in the Continental Basketball Association and two years in the International Basketball League. 

Zarba has three years of collegiate officiating experience in the ACC, SEC, Colonial Athletic Association, Atlantic Sun Conference, Ohio Valley Conference and Northeast Conference. He has three years of high school officiating experience in his native New York.

At SUNY New Paltz, Zarba was a member of the basketball team and served as captain in his senior season. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Zarba does community service work with Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, It’s from the Sole, Camp Felix and Beyond the Game Inc.

Fun Facts

Favorite TV Show The Wire
Favorite Movie The Godfather
Favorite Meal Shrimp Oreganata
Favorite App Twitter
Would Most Like To Visit Italy
Hidden Talent Cooking