Edison, N.J. - Richard J. Ensor, Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, was recently appointed to the Men's College Basketball Officiating, LLC (MCBO).
The MCBO and Women's College Basketball Officiating, LLC (WCBO) were formed in a collaborative effort between the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to improve college basketball officiating, increase the level of accountability and enhance the level of consistency during the regular season and post-season competition.
The MCBO and WCBO will both work to enhance the "culture" of the officiating community (i.e., improve the pool of officials, standardize messaging, enhance consistent application of the playing rules, points of emphasis and mechanics and remove entry barriers). Objectives for both groups include:
- Enhance consistency in the application and enforcement of rules, points of emphasis and mechanics during the regular and post-season.
- Development of consistent accountability standards.
- Development of a standardized evaluation program, including enhanced observers program.
- Development of standardized educational efforts.
- Coordinated oversight of identified and emerging officiating issues.
- Diversification and improvement of officiating through defined entry processes. Expansion of the current pool of officials and development of officiating opportunities.
Ensor was named the third Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in August 1988. Ensor has been very involved in NCAA governance since 1999, when he began a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Management Council, a segment of the new national governing system for the intercollegiate sports association. He currently chairs the Council's Governance subcommittee. Ensor had previously served on the old NCAA Council and in January 1996, he served as Chair of the Division I-AA NCAA Convention/Business Session. In 1997, Ensor began a two-year term on the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet, where he chaired the exempted events subcommittee. He has also served on the NCAA Division IAA Governance Committee and on NCAA committees dealing with playing season exemptions, athletic certification, regulatory culture of the NCAA, governance restructuring and antitrust issues. Ensor was appointed in 1996 and 2003 to a one-year terms as the chair of the IAA commissioners. In 2007 Ensor extended his involvement with championship operations when was appointed to a 5-year term on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. The committee is charged with annually selecting teams, seeding, bracketing and operating the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship including the Final Four.