To be chosen to officiate at the NIRSA National Basketball Championships, officials need to acquire a bid primarily based on their functionality at a single of the NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships occurring all through the nation. No matter whether regional or national, every single tournament has an officials committee comprised of experts in the field from a variety of universities. Each and every student official is evaluated at every single game, and the committee gives feedback to support students boost their future functionality.
Guzman received a bid at the NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships held at the University of Missouri in February 2023. He completed as the best official in the tournament and was chosen for nationals from about the United States along with two other UTSA student officials, Jared “E” Morris and Matthew Baham.
In April, at the NIRSA National Basketball Championships at the University of Maryland, Guzman officiated eight games in 3 days. Due to his great functionality, the NIRSA officials committee chosen him to officiate for the Men’s Intramural National Championship game.
Following the game, NIRSA recognized Guzman as a single of nine All-American Officials, from a total of 51 student officials that officiated at the National Basketball Championships.
“I am honored to acquire this award but most importantly to represent UTSA,” Guzman mentioned.
Guzman is the third student from UTSA to acquire NIRSA’s All-American Honors following Adreanna Broussard in 2015 and Fernando Perez in 2022. He credits Michael Castaneda, assistant director of sport applications, and Cy Fondal, former sport system coordinator, for assisting him realize this honor.
“These two men and women have shaped me to be the ideal official and skilled in and out of sport applications,” Guzman mentioned.