Palmer joins Pac-10

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Referee Violet Palmer has been hired as coordinator of women's basketball officials for the Pac-10 Conference and will continue to officiate games in the NBA, where she has worked for 13 seasons.

Palmer became the first woman to officiate a major U.S. professional sport when she made her NBA debut on Oct. 31, 1997. She has spent the past 13 seasons in the NBA, and officiated in the playoffs and more than 700 regular season games. She also worked in the CBA and WNBA.

Before working in pro basketball, Palmer spent nine seasons officiating in the women's college ranks. She worked five NCAA women's Final Fours, and officiated in the West Coast Conference, Pac-10, WAC, Big Sky and Big West.