Roy Gardner Award

Roy Gardner was a basketball official who was a math teacher for 34 years at Batesville High School. He coached basketball at Westland, Rising Sun and Batesville as well as track, baseball and golf at Batesville, with his teams capturing numerous championships. As an official, Gardner worked the 1955, 1956 and 1959 State Finals. He also officiated in the Big Ten from 1959 through 1969, and he called the East-West College All-Star Games in Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1968 and 1969. Gardner was born in 1919 in Lawrenceburg, lettered in basketball and track at Ball State University and passed away in 1977. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. The IBCA has presented an award to an outstanding basketball official in Roy Gardner’s name since 1978.


Roy Gardner

2024 Winner


Congratulations to the Roy Gardner Award Winner: Scott Arthur

2024 IBCA Roy Gardner Award

            Scott Arthur of Loogootee is the winner of the 2024 IBCA Roy Gardner Award.

            A 1989 graduate of Loogootee High School, Arthur competed in cross country, basketball and baseball – teams that won one basketball regional and two baseball sectionals. He initially went to Hanover College, then transferred to the University of Evansville, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1994.

            Arthur began officiating in 1992 while a college student. Over the years, he has worked 27 sectionals, 18 regionals, seven semi-states and four State Finals (2011, 2014, 2017 and 2022) in boys’ basketball as well as 22 sectionals, 13 regionals, seven semi-states and four State Finals (2011, 2014, 2017 and 2022) in girls’ basketball. He also has worked four Hall of Fame Classic tournaments, two for boys and two for girls.

            A member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association for 31 years, Arthur also has been a baseball umpire for 23 years and worked four State Finals in that sport (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013). He served as the SWIOA basketball chairman for four years and its baseball chairman for five years. He also has operated as an IHSAA certification clinician for eight years.

            Arthur was recognized with the IHSAA’s Official of the Year in 2019 for baseball and in 2023 for girls’ basketball. Officials receiving these honors are selected by a committee representing the 24 officials associations in Indiana and have gone above and beyond to serve their community and the IHSAA.

            Professionally, Arthur has worked as a project lead for night-vision equipment at Naval Warfare Center Crane for 25 years. In addition, he is in his sixth season as the varsity baseball coach at Loogootee. He also enjoys to play golf, travel and to attend sporting events in his free time.

            Arthur and his wife, Marci, are parents to two adult children – Dylan and Shealyn.

Scott Arthur

Past Winners


1978: Lowell Smith, Palmyra

1979: Wayne Van Sickle, Richmond

1980: Troy Ingram, Richmond

1981: Jerry Larrison, Indianapolis

1982: John Lozier, Logansport

1983: Rich Boer, Gary

1984: Jim Wehsollek, Alexandria

1985: Jerry Petro, Franklin

1986: Roger DeYoung, Hebron

1987: Jesse Lynch, Indianapolis

1988: Bob Marcinek, East Chicago

1989: Melvin Redmond, Mt. Vernon

1990: Steve Cherry, Pendleton

1991: no award given

1992: Richard Cook, Michigan City

1993: Jim Cox, Jonesboro

1994: Mike Bohan, Brownsburg

1995: Bill Wulner, Lawrenceburg

1996: Bob Beeson, Connersville

1997: Jerry Cook, Elkhart

1998: Norm Hathcoat, Pendleton

1999: Steve Fisher, Poseyville

2000: Rick Owens, Lynn

2001: Larry Maxwell, Martinsville

2002: Larry Jones, Logansport

2003: Bill Nimnicht, Evansville

2004: Jimmy Dimitroff, Indianapolis

2005: Garry Leistner, Dubois

2006: Ken Gorrell, Franklin

2007: Jerry Taylor, Lafayette

2008: James Dunlap, Newburgh

2009: Don Nester, Indianapolis

2010: Larry Nixon, Veedersburg

2011: Mark Baltz, Zionsville

2012: Bob Anderson, Indianapolis, and Ray Tebbe, New Palestine

2013: Mike Waisnora, Crown Point

2014: Terry Magnuson, Greenwood

2015: Rex Nichols, Mooresville

2016: Jason Ferguson, Whiteland

2017: Tom Rohr, Montezuma

2018: Tom Walters, Indianapolis

2019: Mike Eason, Cumberland

2020: Jay Slater, Sullivan

2021: no winner named (winner from 2020 honored in 2021 because of COVID-19 pandemic).

2022: Mark Wise, Crown Point

2023: Eric Coburn, Leesburg

2024: Scott Arthur, Loogootee