James Garvey was a 1964 graduate of Adelphi University, and was an official with Metropolitan New York Lacrosse from 1963-87, officiating high school, college and club games. He officiated in seven NCAA Lacrosse Championships, including the inaugural championship in 1971. In addition to lacrosse, Garvey served as both an NCAA football and basketball official from 1964-87, officiating four football bowl games (including the 1987 Cotton Bowl) and five NCAA basketball championship tournaments.
He served as the USILA's coordinator of officials from 1987-90 and was the NCAA's supervisor of lacrosse officials from 1990-93. The 1987 recipient of the USILA's Frenchy Julien Award, Garvey is also the only referee in modern history to work the historic Army-Navy game in three sports: lacrosse, basketball and football. He also helped develop many films on officiating mechanics and was the originator of the "Wide Triangle" style of refereeing that is still used today.
In addition to his officiating accomplishments, Garvey also served as the director of athletics at Hofstra University from 1986-97.
Garvey was inducted into the US Lacrosse Long Island Chapter Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Callawassie Island, S.C.
Jim Garvey passed away on February 5, 2013.