Denham Springs-based college basketball official Mark Whitehead has been chosen to work his fifth NCAA Final Four, which will be played Saturday and Monday in NRG Stadium in Houston.
A college official since 1996, Whitehead was one of 10 men named Thursday by J.D. Collins, the national coordinator of officiating, to work the Final Four.
Whitehead, who primarily officiates in the Big 12, previously drew Final Four assignments in 1999, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He worked the 2012 title game when Kentucky took a 67-59 win over Kansas in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
He also officiated the Syracuse-Michigan national semifinal in 2013, the Connecticut-Kentucky semifinal in Houston in 2011, and the 1999 UConn-Ohio State semifinal in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Three-man crews will work Saturday’s two semifinal games and Monday’s championship game. The 10th official will serve as a standby official for all three contests.
Officials assigned to each semifinal on Saturday and the championship game on Monday will be announced an hour before tipoff.
The other officials named Thursday were Roger Ayers, Jeff Clark, Brian Dorsey, Mike Eades, Tom Eades, John Higgins, Tony Padilla, Michael Stephens, and Terry Wymer.
— Sheldon Mickles