Rick Fox
Boys & Girls Basketball
Rick Fox is rapidly approaching a half century on the hardwood as a basketball official, spanning the careers of countless Washington state playing legends. There’s a decent chance he’s officiated nearly all of them at least once.
Born June 25, 1953, in Tacoma, Fox competed in football, basketball, and track and field at Bellarmine Prep prior to graduating in 1971. From there, he attended Western Washington University.
Fox found his way onto the basketball court as an official just a few years after his time at Western ended, as he joined the Lower Columbia Officials Association in 1979. He joined the WWBOA in 1982 and has been part of it ever since. He’s served on the TBOA Board, earned the WOA Meritorious Service Award, and is a member of the Tacoma Pierce Old-Timers Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame. He’s been recognized by the TBOA as “’a go-to guy.’ If you need help, Rick will not ask where or with who, he just says yes.”
Off the court, Fox also spent 35 years as a high school football coach. He spent 10 years at Lincoln High School from 1986-95, and he coached with Lakes High School from 1996-2020.
2022 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients