Richard Pigott

Contest Official
Inducted 2006

During Richard Pigott's tenure as a contest official in the Fort Myers area from 1961-2004, his professionalism and love of sports earned him the respect and admiration of the schools in Lee County.

Pigott attended Fort Myers High School in the 1950s, playing both basketball and baseball. Upon graduation, he began playing adult league softball (which he still plays, 47 years later) and coaching a Babe Ruth league baseball team. In 1961, Pigott became a baseball contest official in Lee County, and within three years was also officiating basketball and football. He added softball and volleyball to his resume in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Upon his retirement in 2004, Pigott had served as a football official for 41 years and a basketball official for 38 years.

Pigott officiated nine basketball, four football, three volleyball and one softball state finals for the FHSAA, and held a superior ranking in all sports. He officiated 1,400 basketball games, 850 football games, 360 volleyball matches, 350 softball games and 80 baseball games over his career. Pigott served on the FHSAA Football Test Screening Committee, and officiated the prestigious City of Palms basketball tournament for 22 years.

A member of the Royal Palm Officials Association, Gulf Volleyball Association and South Gulf Umpires Association, Pigott served as president of both the South Gulf Football Officials Association and South Gulf Basketball Officials Association. He was also a member of the National Association of Sports Officials and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Pigott was named Referee of the Year by the Sportsman Club of Southwest Florida in 1996. He and his wife, Gale, reside in Fort Myers.