COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (March 25, 2009) — USA Basketball today announced that its Board of Directors has approved USA Basketball committees for the 2009-2012 quadrennium.
The committees, which feature representation from USA Basketball member organizations as well as elected athlete representatives, include the Men’s and Women’s Junior National Team Committees, Men’s and Women’s Developmental National Team Committees, Women’s National Team Ad Hoc Committee, Finance & Audit Committee and Officials Advisory Panel.
Men’s and Women’s Junior National Team Committees
The 2009-2012 Men’s Junior National Committee, which was formerly known as the Men’s Collegiate Committee, is chaired by NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University) and includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and Athlete Representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.
The 2009-2012 Women’s Junior National Team Committee, also formerly known as the Women’s Collegiate Committee, is chaired by NCAA representative Sue Donohoe (Vice President for Division I Women’s Basketball), and includes NCAA appointees Joanne Boyle (head coach, University of California), Coquese Washington (head coach, Penn State University) and Connie Yori (head coach, University of Nebraska); and Athlete Representative Beth Cunningham (head coach, Virginia Commonwealth University), a member of the 1999 USA Pan American Games Team.
The Men’s and Women’s Junior National Team committees will select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball college-aged competitions, which include the 2009 and 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships; the 2010 and 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships; the 2009 and 2011 World University Games; and the 2011 Pan American Games. The four NCAA members on both committees represent different geographic regions of the country.
Men’s and Women’s Developmental Committees
The USA Basketball Men’s Development National Team Committee is chaired by Sean Ford (Men’s National Team Director, USA Basketball) in a non-voting position and includes National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) appointees Eric Flannery (St. Edward’s High School, Ohio) and John Olive (Torrey Pines High School, Calif.); Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) representatives Ron Crawford (Arkansas Wings, Ark.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams Summer League, Va.); and Athlete Representative Kermit Holmes (assistant coach, Lamar University), a member of the 1999 USA Pan American Games Team.
The USA Basketball Women’s Development National Team Committee is chaired by Carol Callan (Women’s National Team Director, USA Basketball) in a non-voting position and includes NFHS members Jill Meerman (Decatur Central High School, Ind.) and Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty High School, Calif.); AAU appointees Jody Patrick (Vogues AAU, Va.) and Brian Robinson (Stealers AAU, N.C.); and Athlete Representative Jamie Carey (head coach, Legacy High School, Colo.), a member of the 2003 USA Pan American Games Team.
The Men’s and Women’s Developmental National Team committees will select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball teams competing in the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championships; and the 2010 and 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships. The Men’s Developmental National Team Committee also will select staff and players for the Nike Hoop Summit.
Women’s National Team Ad Hoc Committee
The 2009-2012 Women’s National Team Ad Hoc Committee includes: Val Ackerman (Past President, USA Basketball); Renee Brown (WNBA Vice President of Player Personnel); Carol Callan (Women’s National Team Director, USA Basketball); Jim Tooley (Executive Director, USA Basketball); and Athlete Representative Teresa Edwards, a five-time Olympic athlete and four-time gold medalist.
The role of the Women’s National Team Ad Hoc Committee is to review basketball matters related to the participation of the Women’s National Team in the FIBA 2010 World Championship and the 2012 Olympics. The USA Basketball Women’s National Team automatically qualified for the 2010 World Championship with its gold medal finish in the 2008 Olympics. The USA women will have three opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, including a World Championship gold medal finish. Should the USA not finish with the gold medal in 2010, it would have two additional chances to qualify for the Olympics: the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship and the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Finance & Audit Committee
The 2009-2012 USA Basketball Finance & Audit Committee includes: Jerry Colangelo (Chairman, USA Basketball); Gene Smith (Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Ohio State University); Bob Kanaby (Executive Director of the NFHS); and Athlete Representative Steve Smith, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist.
The Finance & Audit Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board regarding the organization’s financial investments, reviewing independent auditors for USA Basketball and, if necessary, oversight, implementation and compliance with the USA Basketball Code of Ethics.
Officials Advisory Panel
The 2009-2012 USA Basketball Officials & Advisory Panel includes: John Adams (NCAA Coordinator of Men’s Officiating); Sally Bell (1996 Olympic referee); Joe Borgia (NBA Director of Officiating & Development); Dee Kantner (WNBA Supervisor of Officials); Terry Moore (2006 World Championship referee); and Mary Struckhoff (NCAA Coordinator of Women’s Officiating).
The primary purpose of the Officials Advisory Panel is to recommend to the Board referees that are FIBA certified from the USA to officiate at various international basketball competitions.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA Basketball is an organization made up of organizations. There are five member categories: professional, collegiate, scholastic, youth and associate. Professional members include: Continental Basketball Association, National Basketball Association, National Basketball Association Development League and the Women’s National Basketball Association. Collegiate members include: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. USA Basketball’s scholastic members are the National Federation of High Schools, and the Youth member is the Amateur Athletic Union. Featured in the Associate members are: Athletes In Action, Basketball Travelers, College Commissioners Association, Harlem Globetrotters, International Sports Exchange, Latin America League of Los Angeles, National Amateur Basketball Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, National Basketball Coaches Association, National Basketball Players Association, National Junior College Basketball Coach Association, National Junior College Women’s Coach Association, National Pro-Am City Leagues Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Sport Tours International, USA Deaf Sports Federation, United States Armed Forces and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.