Induction Year: 2008
Location: Port Jefferson
Deveney resides in Port Jefferson and had a 30-year career as a basketball official. She is the only Suffolk County female to reach the highest level in high school and NCAA officiating – the Division I level and the NCAA playoffs. She officiated the Big East Conference Championship Tournament game for 11 consecutive years and officiated at the NCAA Tournament since its inception.
Phyllis also officiated at the 1991 Special Olympics, 1990 World Championship in Malaysia and 1987 Olympic Trials.
As a basketball player herself, she was a four-year starter at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, being the first freshman to ever start on a varsity team. She went on to St. John’s University, where she was a four-year starter.
She is a New York State High School Rules Interpreter as well as a committee member to write and publish rules casebooks. Phyllis is currently the Supervisor of Officials for women’s basketball for the ECAC, which includes the East Coast Conference (ECC) and the City Universities of New York (CUNY). She is involved with the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA), where she helps rate golf courses. She also plays in inter-club golf matches representing the Port Jefferson Country Club.
Phyllis was also a Special Education teacher at Kings Park H.S., teaching self-contained classes in Math & English for 38 years.