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Vice President and Director of Officials

Bernie Fryer was named the NBA’s Vice President and Director of Officials in July 2008, reporting to Ron Johnson, Senior Vice President of Referee Operations. In this role, Fryer is responsible for the day-to-day management and oncourt performance of NBA referees. He also oversees Director of Development Ronnie Nunn, who will be responsible for the teaching and development of the NBA’s less-experienced referees, and the transition of referees form the D-League to the NBA.

Prior to assuming this role, Fryer acted as the NBA's Assistant Director of Officials and Crew Chief Coordinator during the 2007-08 season.

Fryer, who retired as an NBA official in June 2007 after a 28-year career, holds the distinction of being one of only three people – along with Leon Wood and Stan Stutz – to both referee and play in the NBA.

During his career as an NBA official, Fryer refereed 1,696 regular-season games, 157 playoff games and 12 NBA Finals games. He was also an official at the 1998 NBA All-Star Game and the 1996 Japan Games in Tokyo.

Prior to becoming an official, Fryer played two seasons in the NBA. The Phoenix Suns drafted him in the 1972 NBA Draft, and he made his playing debut in 1973-74 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was named to the All-Rookie Second Team in 1974.

Fryer was an All-WAC First Team selection from 1970 to 1972 as a member of the Brigham Young University basketball team. The Port Angeles, Wash. native attended Port Angeles High School where he was named a high school All-American in football and basketball during his junior and senior seasons.


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