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Basketball Refereeing: Keeping the Hoops Passion Alive


Nineteen years after retiring from college basketball, Garettt Theriot is still lacing his shoes up on the hardwood, but this time to referee. At 44 years old, it still feels right.

“It is still there especially in big games,” Theriot said. “When the gym is packed you get goosebumps when you walk out. I can walk out on the floor and walk out with nobody knowing I’m on it and that means I have done a good job.”

Garrett works out everyday to referee more than 40 college and high school basketball games a year. It positions him to keep his love for basketball alive, but speed is no longer his best asset. He wants to referree full time one day. Years after starting his basketball career at Catholic New Iberia High School, the hardwood is still always home.