Lauren Holtkamp Biography – Renowned Female NBA Referee

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Lauren Holtkamp's Biography

Lauren Holtkamp is the third woman to be promoted to a full-time referee in the NBA. Image Source: Social Media.

  • Birth DateNovember 24, 1980
  • Birth Name Lauren Holtkamp
  • Age 44
  • Height 6′ 0″
  • Birth Place Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
  • Birth Sign Sagittarius
  • Nationality American
  • Profession NBA Referee
  • Partner Jonathan Sterling
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Eye Color Brown
  • Hair Color Black
  • Children Stoan Sterling
  • Education Master of Divinity
  • Wikipedia

For a basketball game to run smoothly, a referee plays a pivotal role. Lauren Holtkamp is a referee who officiates professional basketball matches in the NBA. Out of a total of 75 NBA officials, she is the third woman to have become a full-time referee in the league. She was promoted in 2014.

Holtkamp has found fame and success officiating games in the NBA. Yet, despite that, not many people know about her personal details. Hence, we will be learning about Lauren Holtkamp’s net worth, career, husband, children, and more in this biography.

Played Basketball In College

Holtkamp’s parents welcomed her on November 24, 1980, in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA. Lauren Holtkamp’s father is Bob Holtkamp, but she has not revealed information about her mother yet. Still, from what we know, she is very close with her dad and called him right after becoming a full-time referee.

The NBA referee attended Jefferson City High School in the same city where she was born and raised. After completing school, she went to Drury University in 2000, where she played for four years for the college’s basketball team. Additionally, she was a member of the 2003 women’s basketball team and competed in the Division II National Championship.

The NBA official graduated from Drury in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and received her Master of Arts in Communication in 2004. Later, she earned a Master of Divinity from Emory University in 2010.

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Lauren Holtkamp Net Worth And Career

Having officiated 205 regular-season games over five seasons as an NBA referee, the Missouri native has an experience of seven seasons in the league. She must have amassed a significant amount of wealth being in the NBA. Thus, Lauren Holtkamp’s net worth must be of a remarkable sum as a referee.

Holtkamp had gained officiating experience prior to her profession in the NBA. For instance, she refereed for six seasons in the NBA G League and worked in the 2013 and 2014 NBA G League Finals. She also officiated for four seasons in the WNBA, which includes the WNBA Conference Finals in 2014.

Lauren Holtkamp's Net Worth
NBA referee Lauren Holtkamp must have made a fortune from her career as an official in the league. Image Source: Social Media.

The NBA official also officiated numerous basketball games in collegiate conferences, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, and Colonial Athletic, to name some. Moreover, she even conducted various games in FIBA, including the 2010 World University Games and the FIBA Americas Championships in 2012 and 2013.

An NBA referee can make about $10,000 per game with just officiating playoff round matches, as per Sports Brief. Their salary ranges from around $180,000 to $550,000. As an experienced official in the league, Holtkamp’s salary must be a remarkable sum. Therefore, Lauren Holtkamp’s net worth must also be a significant amount.

Similarly, Ray Acosta is another referee with a remarkable net worth.

Is Married To Fellow NBA Official

As the title suggests, the Drury graduate is a married woman. Moreover, she is in a blissful marital relationship with another referee in the NBA named Jonathan Sterling. Holtkamp, who now goes by the hyphenated name Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, met her spouse in Virginia at a meeting of college basketball referees.

When other referees went out to socialize, the former collegiate basketball player asked Jonathan to dance. However, Lauren Holtkamp’s husband declined. Regardless, the pair seem to have been meant for each other as they eventually got married. The couple tied the knot in June 2017 and made NBA history by becoming the league’s first husband-and-wife refereeing duo.

Loving Mother Of One

Holtkamp-Sterling made another history as the first mother to be an NBA official after giving birth to her baby. After two years of the referee couple’s wedding, Lauren and Jonathan became parents to their adorable daughter, Stoan Sterling. The husband-wife duo welcomed the little bundle of joy in 2019.

Lauren Holtkamp's Daughter Stoan Sterling
Lauren Holtkamp shares a daughter, Stoan Sterling, with her husband, Jonathan Sterling. Image Source: Social Media.

It seems the pair wants to raise their little girl out of the spotlight as they haven’t revealed much about Stoan. Well, it is understandable. Nonetheless, Lauren Holtkamp’s daughter must be growing up well.

Overall, Lauren is a prominent figure in the NBA. Her net worth is likely to increase in the upcoming days, and so does her husband’s, as their careers in the NBA are still ongoing. We wish the blissful couple leads a life full of happiness and prosperity in the future.

Trivia And Facts

  • Lauren Holtkamp wears the number 7 on the back of her uniform.
  • Her hidden talent is mixed martial art.
  • The NBA official wants to travel internationally.
  • Her favorite book is “Needful Things.”