INDIANAPOLIS -- Long-time official Tom Abbott has been selected as the NCAA national coordinator of for men’s lacrosse officiating. Abbott, who has officiated in 13 NCAA national championship games, replaces Warren Kimber, Jr., who retired after 25 years of service to the NCAA in the position.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the NCAA national coordinator,” Abbott said. “Following Warren Kimber will be a daunting task. Warren’s leadership has been instrumental and I know I can speak for all officials by wishing him well in retirement and thanking him for a job well done.”

Abbott has a long history in the sport at the collegiate level, including an all-American career as a student-athlete at Syracuse. He started his NCAA officiating career in 1982 and has also officiated professionally, high school and international competition.

“Tom Abbott is an accomplished official, educator and leader in the sport,” said Ty Halpin, NCAA associate director of championships and alliances. “His demonstrated work with the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee, coupled with his officiating experience on the field made him the perfect candidate.”

Abbott takes the reins during a time of significant growth in the sport. Helping manage and help sustain that growth will be an important part of this job.

“In all areas of the country, the demand on officiating services and development will continue to be significant,” Abbott said. “The combined efforts of all lacrosse organizations will be required to meet the demand in the coming years.”

Abbott was selected from an extensive group of applicants. The selection committee included members of each NCAA championship committee and the rules committee.