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John Drake new executive assistant for Mid-South Conference

John Drake

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — John Drake has been named Executive Assistant to the Mid-South Conference Commissioner, MSC Commissioner Eric Ward announced today.

Drake’s duties will include men’s basketball supervisor of officials, head of Arbiter payroll services and other duties assigned by the commissioner.

Drake’s new role comes on the heels of his retirement as Executive Director of the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department — a position he held for more than 22 years. Prior to working in Danville, Drake was director of the Somerset Parks and Recreation Department for over 13 years.

In all, Drake concludes his 36-year career in parks and recreation.

“I am looking forward to my expanded role with the Mid-South Conference,” Drake said. “Working with Commissioner Ward in my role as Coordinator of Men’s Basketball officials and conference arbiter administrator over the last few seasons has been an opportunity that will allow a very smooth transition from my parks and recreation life into additional conference duties.”

Drake has been a part of the Mid-South Conference since 1997. After beginning his collegiate officiating career in 1987, he worked in the MSC from 1997-2013. Following his on-court career, Drake moved into an administrative role alongside long-time men’s basketball supervisor of officials Dave Bair. Bair retired from the MSC following the 2017-18 season.

In addition to his work with the MSC, Drake has served as the coordinator of officials for the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 2013.

“The NAIA position has been an additional blessing and provides me numerous opportunities to network with NAIA conference leadership from the West Coast to South Florida,” Drake said. “The MSC is the premier conference in the NAIA and as the merger of divisional basketball takes place in a few seasons, I am very excited to accept the new challenges of our new championship formats.”

“John has been a tremendous asset to the conference for years as an official and then as coordinator of officials for men’s basketball,” Ward said. “I am excited about his expanding administrative role as executive assistant and look forward to his significant contributions to our success.”


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