NBA Development League Referee Tryout Camp: George Toliver Bio

George Toliver, the NBA Director of D-League Officials, has been a member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations Department since 2004. A FIBA official since 1985, George Toliver has officiated games in the 1995 European Championships, 1994 World Championships, 1993 World University Games, 1986 Sports Festival and 1984 Olympic Trials. Over his 15-seasons NBA officiating career, Toliver has worked 742 regular season games, as well as the 1996 All Star Legends Game and the 1994 Japan Games in Yokohama.

Toliver has international officiating experience in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he officiated the Championship Series, conducted clinics in Germany, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Taiwan, and officiated in the 1994 World Championships. He also has one year of USBL officiating experience where he officiated the playoffs and finals. Toliver also has six years of collegiate officiating experience in the Atlantic Coast, Metro, and Southern Conferences, as well as the ACC Tournament, NCAA Tournament and NIT. He also has 11 years of high school officiating experience, having worked six state championship games.

A member of the James Madison University Hall of Fame since 1991, Toliver earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from JMU, as well as his Masters degree in High Education from James Madison. He played four seasons of basketball for JMU and was the team MVP in 1971 and 1972. Toliver was an instructor at JMU and was the assistant baseball coach from 1973-74, and assistant basketball coach from 1973-75. Toliver played four years of high school basketball at King George High School in Virginia, playing in the State Championship in 1969 and was named All State the same year.

George is the founder and general manager of the Harrisonburg HEAT Girls Basketball Club, which helps develop basketball skills for girls ages six to seventeen. Toliver hosts a charity golf tournament for the organization, which he began in 1995.