Tom Goldsmith of McPherson is timeless when it comes to basketball officiating.
Prior to the Class 4A Division I state championship game when the McPherson High boys won their 12th title at Salina’s Bicentennial Center, Goldsmith was honored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association for his 40 years as a registered official.
“I’ve been blessed with good health, just a few issues with the knees but nothing serious,” Goldsmith said. “I've worked with numerous outstanding officials with whom I've become good friends. I've seen some really good athletes, worked for some great coaches and been involved with some fantastic games. I've driven in all kinds of weather, traveled a ton of miles and wouldn't trade any of it. I have truly been blessed.”
Goldsmith was bitten with the officiating bug in 1966 while a student at Hutchinson Junior College. He and a college friend worked, of all things, a 3-on-3 girls game at a Buhler grade school.
“Needless to say, we didn't blow the whistle much,” Goldsmith quipped.
In 1972, Goldsmith cut his teeth in the Abilene men’s recreation league before being registered by KSHSAA in 1974.
“I worked junior high, freshman and JV basketball in the Abilene area, where I lived,” Goldsmith said. “I began working varsity games with my longtime partner, Curtis Stoffer, also from Abilene. We worked together for approximately 20 years.”
Goldsmith is now working high school, the KCAC and Jayhawk Juco Conference and shows no signs of slowing down. He also officiated games in the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Few officials can match his record. He’s worked 34 postseason high school tournaments and 17 times has been chosen to work state tournaments. He has officiated countless postseason games at the collegiate level.
Goldsmith, who works for USD 418, is an avid golfer who assists with the MHS golf team. He also works part-time on the grounds crew at Turkey Creek Golf Course. He and his wife, Cindy, reside in McPherson.