Dr. Joseph Panza Lecture in Sport Management
The Sport Management program's annual spring lecture, the Dr. Joseph Panza Lecture in Sport Management, is a series covering both historically significant and contemporary issues in sport. It aims to present to sport management majors, other interested students, and the university and surrounding communities a lively presentation of ideas, innovations, and challenges facing sports in the 21st century. The events are open to the public and are announced well in advance. Interested persons may find additional information on this website as each event is planned and scheduled.
Michael J. Adanti Student Center Theater
Ronnie Nunn was one of the NBA’s select referees from 1984-2003, becoming a “Top-Six”
official and was recognized as a premier official throughout the world. During his
career he officiated over 1,000 regular season games, 74 playoff games, four NBA Finals
games, and two NBA All-Star games.
In the spring of 2003, injury forced Nunn to walk off the hardwood prematurely. His hiatus from basketball was short lived as he joined the NBA administration when he accepted the position as Director of Officials, a job he held from 2003-2008. Nunn continued another three years in the NBA as Director of Development and as Group Supervisor. During this administrative period, he was selected to lead the NBA TV program, “Making the Call with Ronnie Nunn,” which ran during his entire administrative tenure with the NBA.
Most recently, Nunn has served as a Developmental Consultant for FIBA Europe/Asia/Americas, a position in which he instructed and promoted premier officials from 51 countries over three seasons. He also developed, trained, and instructed management staff and their officials.
During the 2013-14 season, Nunn was a specialty coach for the New York Knicks, working with foul prone players on foul avoidance and legal techniques of play. He also provided training seminars to teams, coaches, and individual players on basketball rules, interpretations, and officiating tendencies. His web series, “Court Call with Ronnie Nunn,” was known for showcasing his expertise in breaking down officiating calls for fans with SB Nation.
The Brooklyn native has a long history of instruction, founding the Nunn-Better Referee Camp in which he developed curriculum and trained officials. He also served as a consultant for NCAA and International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) referee camps, where he instructed officials and observers in accordance with NCAA standards and regulations.
Nunn earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from George Washington University. He then traveled to Mexico, playing two seasons of professional basketball for Leon of the National Basketball Circuit where he was named, “Player of the Decade.” During the off seasons, he was a member of NBA team camps for the Knicks, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets.
Nunn earned a Master's degree in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle and a Sixth Year Certification degree in Administration and Supervision from Queens College. He became an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Brooklyn Tech, served several years as an assistant at Pace University and two stints as an assistant at Western Connecticut State University. Presently, Nunn has become a trustee member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
Fall 2015: Francis Thomas "Fay" Vincent, Eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Spring 2015: Dr. Howard Fero, Director of Graduate Leadership Programs, Albertus Magnus College
Spring 2014:Paul Assaiante, Head Coach, Men's Squash and Tennis, Trinity College
Spring 2013:Richard J. Ensor, Commissioner, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
Spring 2012:Donna Lopiano, 40 Years of Title IX, Looking Back Going Forward
Spring 2011:Bobby Valentine, Major League Baseball Player and Manager