Basketball Governing Bodies
As the name suggests, USA Basketball is the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the national
governing body, USA Basketball is responsible for the selection and training of USA national teams that represent the United States in various
international and national basketball competitions, including: the Olympics, World Championship, Pan American Games, World University Games,
Junior World Championships and U.S. Olympic Festival.
During each year, USA Basketball fields teams that compete in various international competitions. In 1992 that included the USA "Dream Team"
which captured the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics and the world's attention.
In 1993, approximately 180 athletes proudly wore the red, white and blue USA uniforms in various basketball competitions held around the world
during the summer.
USA Basketball is actually an association of associations. Current USA Basketball
active members include the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Continental Basketball
Association (CBA), National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Basketball Association
(NBA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Federation of State
High School Associations (NFSHSA), National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJC AA), National Pro-Am City Leagues, National Wheelchair Basketball Association,
United States Armed Forces (US AF) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
USA Basketball was organized in 1974 and known as the Amateur Basketball
Association of the United States of America (ABAUSA). The name change from
AB AUSA to USA Basketball occurred October 12,1989, shortly after the International
Basketball Federation (FIBA) modified its rules to allow professional basketball
players to participate in international competitions. USA Basketball then admitted the TM
NBA as an active member and made the name change.
USA Basketball is governed by its Executive Committee and Board of Directors which are appointed and elected by active members. CM.
Newton, Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky and a former very successful collegiate basketball head coach, serves as President of USA
Basketball for the 1992-96 term. The Vice President is Russell Granik, Deputy Commissioner of the NBA, Vice President for Men is Thomas Jernstedt,
Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for the NCAA, and the Vice President for Women is Susan Blackwood, Associate Athletic Director
at the University of Texas. 1976 USA Olympian Quinn Buckner and Carol Callan, Director of Athletics at Fairview High School (Colo.), serve as
Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Serving as USA Basketball's Executive Director is Warren S. Brown, a former administrator for both the NCAA
and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In addition to the selection and training of men's and women's basketball teams that represent the USA in international and national competitions,
USA Basketball is also involved in coaching clinics, the sanctioning of U.S. team tours of foreign countries and foreign tours of the U.S.
National Association of Basketball Coaches
Founded in 1927, the National Association of Basketball Coaches
currently claims 4,500 members.
Consisting of university and college coaches, with associate
membership afforded to athletic directors, conference commissioners, faculty
members, officials, high school and junior college coaches, this organization
is clearly the basketball fraternity.
Since its inception, the NABC has continually worked to further the best
interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches
who participate in the sport. In doing so, the NABC has established the
following goals and objectives to pursue its mission:
• To promote the ideals of integrity, sportmanship and teamwork among
men's basketball coaches and the players whom they coach;
• To unify coaches on issues pertaining to basketball at all levels;
• To provide member services that address needs of the coach
professionally, emotionally, physically and spiritually;
• To encourage basketball coaches to serve as community outreach agents
who elevate moral, ethical and educational values;
• To enlighten the general public, media, institutional educators and athletic
administrators to the fact that coaches are good for the sport and the young
people whom they serve;
• To work with the legislative arm of the NCAA on issues that affect
basketball and intercollegiate athletics, in particular identifying issues that not
only benefit the student athlete but also the ability of the coaching staff to
work effectively and beneficially within their institution.
The NABC holds its annual convention and exhibition each spring at
the host city of the Final Four. During the Final Four week, the NABC also
sponsors two other major events. The annual East-West All-Star basketball
game and beginning this year the NABC College All-Star Fan Jamboree.
The organization also bestows awards, sponsors research programs,
competitions, and clinic seminars. It also supports the Hall of Fame.
Some of committees membership coaches serve on include:
Academic, Ail-American, All-Star Game, Assistant Coaches, Basketball
Rules, Hall of Fame, International, Minority Affairs, Opportunity &
Interest, Recruiting and Research.
The association has a Monthly publication, NABC COURTSIDE, for
information on the
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