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Hiram Aea
Girl's Basketball


    Hiram "BJ" Aea has spent a large portion of the past three decades on basketball and volleyball courts. Born July 26, 1957, in Honolulu, Hawaii, BJ joined the Army after graduating from Kahuku High School in 1975. He played volleyball and softball while stationed in Germany from 1975-79 and added racquetball to the mix once he moved back to the states in Fort Ord, Calif. It was there that he was first approached by a sports staff member to consider becoming a referee.

    After he was reassigned to Fort Lewis in 1988, BJ joined the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board and the Western Washington Basketball Officials Association. He spent time as part of the Tacoma Basketball Board while in the military and has been steadily involved since 1995, working all levels of girls basketball. Beginning in 2000, he became the assistant to Al Perez as TBB Assignor and helped moved the organization from the pen and paper age to full online assigning. He was and still is the technical brains behind the TBB and has been the main non-varsity assignor for 15 years, working postseason assignments for the past 10 years.

    BJ has also worked seven state volleyball tournaments and spent two years as the rater and vice president of the Greater Seattle Volleyball Officials Board. He's spent 25 years with USA Volleyball as a national referee and scorer and 14 years officiating collegiate volleyball: four years with the GNAC and 10 years with the NWAC. Beyond that, he's officiated ASA Softball intramural slow pitch for 10 years and intramural youth soccer for 10 years.