NORFOLK, Va.- We've all at some point in our lives thought about a career change. Athletes are no different. Former Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball player, Chelisa Painter is going through such a metamorphosis. For the past 2 years, she's played professional basketball overseas. One in Ireland. The other in Italy. "I just want to try new endeavors", she says.
So the Chesapeake native out of Indian River High School traded in her basketball jersey this summer for a whistle to become a referee. Her apprenticeship is at the annual Hampton Roads 7-Cities Pro-Am League. Painter has found the experience eye opening. "I'll never get mad at a referee again!", she laughed. Under the guidance of veteran NBA referees, Leroy Richardson and Tony Brothers, she has goals of getting to the WNBA or the NBA. "Why not go for it all", she says.