Long-time Basketball Officials Coordinator, Jim Burch, has retired His retirement was effective June 1.
Burch served as Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Coordinator of Officials for 18
years but his time with the CIAA dates back to 1959 when he first began his officiating career. During his administrative career, Burch also served as Supervisor of Officials for the Southern Conference and South Atlantic Conference.
As an official, Burch was a trailblazer becoming the first African-American game official in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1969. He was on the floor with some of the greats of the game. Throughout his career, Burch has officiated in the CIAA, ACC, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Southern Conference and has worked 14 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments. He has trained and mentored hundreds of officials over the years, many have gone on to careers in the CIAA, ACC, Southern Conference and NCAA championships.
A former teacher and administrator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, he also served on numerous civic boards, including the first African-American to serve on the Charlotte Housing Authority.
A Raleigh native, Burch grew up in Larchmont, NY. He was a two-sport athlete and a 1949 graduate of Fayetteville State University, where he would later serve as chairman of the board of trustees. He established the James T. Burch Scholarship to recognize student-athletes who exemplify the qualities of academic excellence, involvement in public service, and love of athletic competition.
Burch has been inducted into seven halls of fame, including the CIAA Officials, MEAC Officials, NCHSAA, Fayetteville State Athletic, and South Atlantic Conference. He also served as the basketball coordinator for the Southern Conference for 17 years. Burch was featured in the NCAA Champions Magazine in 1994 and 2014.