Tony Candido’s involvement in girls’ and women’s basketball in Connecticut transcends the basketball court. He retired from collegiate officiating in 2006 after 45 years and 3,000+ games. He worked the CIAC Girls’ High School Tournament since its origin and hasn’t missed a tourna-ment since. Candido’s personal goal of promoting achievement and growth in women’s basket-ball for players, coaches, and officials, combined with his extensive refereeing experience, exemplifies his dedication to the sport.
Candido was involved in the administrative aspect of several basketball organizations: C.B.C.B.O. for 30 years and the I.B.O. for 10 years. He was the Assignor for both the C.B.C.B.O. and the New England Board of Officials (College Level).
In addition to officiating high school tournaments, Candido worked at numerous Collegiate Conferences and NCAA Tournaments (MAAC, NECC, Big East, Ivy League, Colonial, Division II NCAA, and Division III Semi-Finals). In the early 1980’s, he was asked to referee in the Orange Bowl Classic in Florida.
Candido received several awards as a result of his basketball officiating. In 1979, he was recognized as the Outstanding Official by the New Haven Tap Off Club. He has received the C.H.S.C.A. Official of the Year Award (1998), the C.B.C.B.O. Referee’s Service Award (2000), and he was honored as the ECAC’s Dedicated Official in 2002. Candido was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, the only CT official to be so honored.