Edgar Cartotto, Northeast Conference
NEC Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials • 1987-09
With a unique personality and a passion for his work, the late Edgar Cartotto served as the face of NEC hoops in many ways during his 22-year run as the NEC’s Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials.
Cartotto began his tenure with the NEC in 1987 following a distinguished career as a basketball official that saw him officiate 10 NCAA Tournaments, 14 Postseason NIT events and 12 ECAC Holiday Festivals.
During his time in the conference he launched and presided over the NEC Basketball Officials Developmental Program, designed to identity and train potential college officials, and sponsor them in numerous officiating clinics and camps. Among the notable officials he developed were Tom Lopes, Jack Sweeney, Ed Corbett, John Hughes, Brian O’Connell, Ray Perone, Gene Steratore and Guy Pagano.
In 2003, Cartotto was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award presented by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association at the annual Haggerty Awards Dinner. He also was honored with the prestigious Preseason NIT Officials Award at Madison Square Garden in 1994.
Prior to retiring in 2009, he was the longest tenured employee in NEC history.
Cartotto also served with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) as Chair of the Education and Visualization Committee. He was a member of the Rules Examination Committee and an interpreter/cadet school teacher for IAABO New Jersey Board #33.
“Edgar Cartotto was dedicated to the improvement of officiating at all levels,” said Tom Lopes, a longtime official who went on to take over Cartotto’s duties at the NEC from 2009-15. “A prominent speaker and rules instructor, Edgar developed a very competent staff of officials for the NEC and mentored many of these officials so they could be selected to work the NCAA Tournament where they performed admirably. Edgar not only worked with the officials, he developed a rapport and trust with NEC coaches by imparting his rules knowledge and how the rules were to be enforced. The NEC staff that Edgar built was second to none and the officials were proud to work for him and for the Northeast Conference.”
“Edgar not only had decades of experience as an official who worked big-time games throughout the East, but as coordinator he brought a real passion to the art of evaluating officials and handling coaches and players in a professional manner,” said John Iamarino, former NEC Commissioner. “It personally offended him if he felt an official kicked a call. I remember times he would get up from the table, walk into the concourse and mutter angrily to himself when he felt a call had been missed.
“He was a great storyteller and a real character. I always learned something about the sport of basketball sitting next to him at a game. And for years he handled both the men’s and women’s programs. He was as dedicated to college basketball in general, and the Northeast Conference in particular, as anyone.”