NCAA coordinator of officiating retiring after 2015 Final Four

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The NCAA will have a new face in a major role after John Adams steps down as the association's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating.

Adams announced his retirement, effective after the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis, on Thursday. He has held the position since the 2008-09 season. Before that, Adams evaluated officials for the NCAA Tournament and coordinated officials for league's in three different divisions.  

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve college basketball in this capacity for the last several years,” Adams said. “I have been involved in officiating for a long time, and I worked for the NCAA, the Horizon League, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Indiana High School Athletic Association. All of those organizations are based in Indianapolis, so it just feels right to end this chapter at the Final Four in my hometown.”

Adams' tenure will be defined by some of the rules changes put in place in recent years, including the new hand checking rules put in before last season. 

The NCAA says the search to replace Adams will begin this fall.

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