Biographies


About Derek Wolden

Derek Wolden

Derek Wolden graduated from Owatonna (MN) High School in 1988 and Concordia College--Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing and Mass Communications. While attending Concordia, he won multiple writing awards as sports editor and editor-in-chief of The Concordian, the college newspaper.

Following graduation, Derek worked as the Sports Editor of the Owatonna (MN) People's Press and the Assistant Editor of the Faribault (MN) Daily News.

For the past 10 years he has continued to write on a daily basis for a Twin Cities-based financial services firm. A publication he wrote and edited was chosen as the best in the industry by the International Financial Communications Association.

During his sports journalism stint in the early 90s, Derek observed a number of high school basketball officials from his court-side seats on press row. He saw his share of poor officiating and decided he would try officiating when the timing was right.

During the winter of 1998 --1999, Derek purchased his officials' "starter kit" and drove 90 minutes round trip each Saturday for two months to referee six in-house elementary school girls' basketball games. He started officiating junior high tournaments that winter and his life hasn't been the same since. With a dozen years of experience under his belt, he is a well-respected youth, high school and college official (at least by most people).

College:

Derek officiates Division II men's and women's basketball for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He also officiates Division III basketball for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

High School:

Derek officiates for several conferences in Minnesota: Lake, Big 9, Suburban East, Minneapolis City, NW Suburban, Minnesota River, Classic Suburban, Great River, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Christian Athletic Association and Tri-Metro.

Youth:

Derek continues to work weekend tournaments on a regular basis, primarily in the East Metro.

About Ken Mauer

After six years officiating in the Continental Basketball Association, Ken Mauer was hired by the NBA prior to the 1986-87 season. During his 23 years in the NBA, Ken has officiated nearly 1,500 regular season games and 100 playoff games. He was chosen to officiate the NBA Finals the last three years. His Finals debut was Game 3 between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat in 2006. In 2007 he worked Game One between Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. In 2008 Ken officiated Game 2 and Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. In 2009 Ken officiated Game 1 and Game 5 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic. In 2010 Ken worked Games 2 and 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.