Longtime referee and coordinator Mary Toberman will serve as the coordinator of women’s basketball officials for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), the conference announced on Wednesday. Toberman will succeed Vicki Davis, who retired this past spring after most recently serving in the role since the 2015-16 season.
“We are excited to add Mary’s knowledge and experience to the MIAC,” Commissioner Dan McKane said. “Her expertise and passion for officiating will be key to recruiting, educating, and elevating officials, which in turn helps creates an outstanding competitive experience for our MIAC student-athletes and teams.”
Toberman officiated women’s college basketball at the Division I, II, and III levels from 2002-17 before becoming the NCAA Division III National Coordinator of Officials in 2017. In her new role with the MIAC, Toberman will be involved in all aspects of the assignment, development, and improvement of basketball officiating including the recruitment of new officials, retention of officials, development of quality officiating staff, and representing the MIAC at NCAA coordinator meetings.
“D-III Women’s Basketball has a special place in my heart,” Toberman said. “I have always enjoyed the dedication of these athletes and it is exciting to see the current parity and high level of competition in the game today.”
Toberman brings tremendous on-court experience to the MIAC, having been selected to officiate the NCAA Division III National Championship rounds in 2009 and 2013, as well as the Division I WNIT first round in 2017, in addition to numerous regular season and conference tournament contests at all levels of women’s college basketball. Toberman has also established a national ambassador program for Division III officials that focuses on recruiting and retention, improving officiating, establishing mentoring programs, and enhancing sportsmanship and safety protocols.
She has served as the coordinator of women’s basketball officials at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) since 2022 and will also work in the same capacity for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) beginning in 2023.
About the MIAC
Founded in 1920, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is home to 13 private institutions, all housed within the borders of the State of Minnesota. The MIAC sponsors 22 NCAA Division III championship sports and is committed to its four core values of Quality Athletics, Academics, Student-Athlete Well-Being, and Integrity.
(info courtesy of MIAC)