Robert J. Delaney
Bob Delaney was a highly decorated New Jersey State Trooper who infiltrated organized crime in the 1970's. He experienced post-traumatic stress as a result of that three (3) year undercover investigation. His healing journey came as a referee of the game he played in high school and college - basketball. Delaney became an NBA official (1987-2011), having officiated more than 1,600 regular season games and 210 playoff games, including nine NBA Finals and the 1998 and 2011 NBA All-Star games. Delaney served in a variety of management roles and as NBA Vice President Referee Operations / Director of Officials (2012-2017). He currently serves as an SEC Special Advisor and an NBA Cares Ambassador. He has received the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award; Armed Forces Foundation Leadership Award; President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award; U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal; National Association Sports Officials Gold Whistle award. Additionally, Delaney, a 2006 New Jersey City University Hall of Fame inductee, was honored with the NCAA's most prestigious lifetime award during the 2020 NCAA Convention. The "Teddy" is the highest honor the NCAA may confer on an individual and Delaney was the first-ever recipient from a college or university in the state of New Jersey, the 10th from an NCAA Division III institution and only the second from a Division III public school. The award had previously been presented upon four United States presidents—Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Other notable winners of the award include politicians, presidential cabinet members, Olympians, astronauts, sports commissioners and professional head coaches. The award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of college sports. First presented in 1967, past recipients include some of the most well-known Americans of the last 100 years. Delaney has published two books: Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob released in 2008, and Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress followed in 2011. Bob Delaney has presented around the world on leadership and post trauma experiences. He earned a Master of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California 2010 and completed studies at The Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program 2020.