NCAA head of college basketball officials John Adams plans to retire after the 2014-15 season.

The 65-year-old Adams made the announcement on Thursday. He has held the position since 2008 after succeeding Hank Nichols.

"Since I've been out of the military I've only had six jobs," Adams said. "I told the first (NCAA) committee I worked for that I felt like I was living the dream, and I told the committee yesterday that I was still living the dream. How else does a guy like me get involved in arguably the best sporting event?"

Adams started as a ref for intramural games at Indiana State and later officiated high school games. He became the officials coordinator for three conferences based in the Indianapolis area -- Horizon League, the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Division III Heartland College Athletic Conference.

Among Adams' duties with the NCAA were to evaluate referees at the NCAA Tournament each year and at games throughout the country.

"We've gotten younger, more athletic and more diverse in officiating, and I think the officiating has gotten better," Adams said. "So the goals I set out six years ago, we accomplished. It is time and it's also a chance to do it in my hometown. It's kind of a perfect storm."