USA Basketball Staff
USA Basketball's 2000-2004 President Tom Jernstedt announced on Dec. 11, 2000, that Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Assistant Executive Director for Men's Programs since March 1993, had been selected as USA Basketball's Executive Director effective Jan. 1, 2001. Tooley succeeded Warren S. Brown, who served as Executive Director for over eight years in the position.
"USA Basketball's Executive Committee was unanimous in its selection of Jim Tooley as our next Executive Director," said Jernstedt. "Jim possesses over seven years of experience within USA Basketball and the committee believes that his knowledge of the organization and its constituents was vital for a smooth transition and for the organization's continued growth. Also, having overseen USA Basketball men's program, Jim understands that USA Basketball's primary mission is affording its athletes, no matter the level, the support and resources required to be successful in any international competition."
Currently the FIBA Americas Vice President and Treasurer, while also serving on the Executive Committee and Central Board of FIBA Americas, Tooley also is Deputy Chairman of the FIBA Youth Commission and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
Joining the USA Basketball staff in March 1993 as Assistant Executive Director for the Men's Programs, Tooley's responsibilities included overseeing all facets of the men's program. Tooley was accountable for men's team trials, training camps, exhibition games, international competitions, and served as the staff liaison to all men's competition committees.
The men's program under his hand captured gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics; 1994 FIBA World Championship; 1998 Goodwill Games, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 World University Games; 1993 FIBA 22 and Under World Championship and 1998 World Youth Games. Also while under Tooley's guidance, USA Basketball initiated two highly successful grass-roots programs, the annual International Hoop Summit Game and the annual Men's Youth Development Festival.
Prior to joining USA Basketball, Tooley worked with the then Denver-based Continental Basketball Association (CBA). Starting in November 1987 as a Public Relations Assistant, Tooley was named the CBA's Director of Operations in August 1988, promoted to Vice President of Operations just two years later in September 1990, then was named in January 1992 as the CBA's Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Vice President of Operations.
Tooley earned in 1987 a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University and as a student worked in the sports information department at CSU.
Chief Financial Officer
Brent Baumberger officially began his duties as USA Basektball's Director of Finance on April 30, 1999 and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of Finance in October 2001.
Baumberger is responsible for directing USA Basketball's financial matters. This includes administering the organizations long and short term financial planning, supervising internal and external audits, preparing and monitoring USA Basketball's annual budget, administering U.S. Olympic Committee funding and related compliance programs and monitoring regulations related to non-profit status.
Baumberger, a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, brought impressive credentials to USA Basketball. From July 1997 through April 1999, Baumberger served as a Senior Accountant at Gateway Country Stores in North Sioux City, South Dakota. His responsibilities included monitoring general ledger activity and financial reporting for approximately 150 stores, developing and organizing Gateway's 1999 financial budget totaling over $3 billion in revenues and performing day to day management activities for Gateway's accounting department.
Prior to his stint with Gateway, Baumberger spent four years with Stockman, Kast, Ryan & Scruggs in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a Senior Accountant for accounting and auditing services, Baumberger was responsible for planning and managing the financial audits of publicly traded, privately held and not for profit entities, supervising and training staff accountants and evaluating and testing systems of internal control. While working as a senior auditor for Deloitte & Touche, Baumberger also worked on the financial statement audits of USA Basketball from 1993-1997.
Baumberger graduated from the University of South Dakota in May 1993, with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Baumberger and his wife Misti reside in Colorado Springs with their three children.
Women's National Team Director
After overseeing all facets of the historic 1995-96 USA Basketball Women's National Team that posted a perfect 52-0 record and assisting with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team that reclaimed the gold medal with an 8-0 record, Carol Callan assumed duties as Women's National Team Director (then referred to as Assistant Executive Director for Women's Programs) in October 1996. As Women's National Team Director, Callan is responsible for all USA Basketball women's team programs, including competitions, trials, training camps, and serves as a liaison to women's competition committees.
A primary architect for the historic, first-time National Team program, Callan was responsible for team logistics, travel, and scheduling of games and training.
Prior to taking the reins of the National Team program, Callan was involved with USA Basketball for almost seven years as a volunteer committee member. She served on USA Basketball's Executive Committee as secretary from 1992 to 1995, and from 1989 to 1995 was a member of the Women's Player Selection Committee, and served as chair from 1992-1995. Additionally, Callan was a member of the Women's Programs Committee from 1992 to 1995.
Callan came to USA Basketball after spending 10 years (1986-1995) as director of athletics /activities and two years as an assistant principal (1993-1995) for Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. Earning two master's degrees from the University of Colorado, Callan holds a master's in business administration and a master of science in physical education. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from William Woods College (Mo.) in 1975, graduating magna cum laude in mathematics and physical education.
Callan and her husband, David, reside in Colorado Springs, and have two sons, Greg and Tom.
Women's National Team Assistant Director
A former USA Basketball athlete and medalist, Jamie Carey was hired as the Women's National Team Assistant Director on March 15, 2010.
As the Women's National Team Assistant Director, Carey assists with all facets of the women's competitive program, including coordinating the women's developmental, junior and national team programs during training camps and tournaments.
Carey helped the 1998 USA World Youth Games Team to a bronze medal and the 2003 USA Pan American Games Team to a silver medal. She also played for the USA in the 2007 Women's National Team College Tour, and she served on the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee.
After retiring as a player in 2008, Carey worked at Triple Crown Sports (Fort Collins, Colo.) as the basketball development director and fast pitch event director.
Carey in 2011-12 took over as the girls basketball head coach at Sand Creek High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), where she advanced her team to the Colorado Class 4A Tournament Final Eight and finsihed with a 19-7 record. Prior to taking the position at Sand Creek, Carey spent two seasons as the head girls basketball coach at Legacy High School (Broomfield, Colo.). On March 12, Legacy fell to East H.S. 50-46 in the Colorado Class 5A girls state championship to finish the 2009-10 season with a 26-2 record.
Carey began her collegiate playing career at Stanford. She averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 assists per game with 22 starts in 1999-00 and set a Stanford single-season record with 81 3-pointers -- the third highest total in Pac-10 history and best ever by a freshman. Carey was named the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and all-conference honorable mention, as well as earning Freshman All-America honors from Basketball News, Women's Basketball Journal and Women's Basketball News Service. After suffering a concussion during the 1999-00 season, she was forced to stop playing for two years.
She resumed her collegiate career at the University of Texas in 2002-03. Averaging 10.8 points and 3.6 assists per game as a sophomore, Carey helped lead the Longhorns to a 29-6 record and the 2003 NCAA Final Four. As a junior, she averaged 10.7 points and 2.8 assists per game to help Texas to a 30-5 record and the 2004 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal. In her final season, Carey averaged 12.2 points and 2.5 assists per game as the team's captain, helping the Longhorns to a 22-9 record and the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. She was named 2005 All-Big 12 first team, Academic All-American and was a candidate for National Player of the Year honors.
Following graduation with a master's degree in sport management, Carey was the 31st overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2005 WNBA draft. She played four seasons (2005-08) with the Connecticut Sun until her retirement in April of 2009. She helped the Sun to the 2005 WNBA Finals, the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals and a playoff berth in 2007 and 2008. For her WNBA career, she averaged of 3.1 points and 1.1 assists per game.
Manager, Competitive Programs
University of New Mexico graduate Ellis Dawson started working for USA Basketball as a manager of competitive programs on Feb. 22, 2005.
As the manager of competitive programs, Dawson assists in all facets of the men's and women's competitive programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions. Additionally, he assists with the team outfitting; coordinates apparel inventory and video equipment; maintaines the USA Basketball video library; as well as assists in coordinating the USA Basketball Officials Program.
A member of the NBA Orlando Magic staff since October 1995, Dawson began as a basketball operations associate, working on video scouting and two years later was promoted to a scouting assistant before being elevated in April 2000 to scouting coordinator. During his tenure with the Magic, Dawson was involved in all facets of scouting, including organizing and maintaining the scouting database, managing the scouting report updates for the department's staff, coordinating video taping of NBA, European, college and high school basketball games, while establishing a video library of all the games. He also was responsible for various scouting duties and responsibilities Orlando's annual NBA Draft. Additionally, he served as a liaison for potential summer free agents and participated in an active role in securing the signing of athletes like Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue and Tracy McGrady.
Dawson was active in the Magic's community outreach programs, including Read 2 Achieve, acting as the head coach in the Junior Magic Basketball League, as well as with other special charity events.
In 2008 Dawson worked with USA Basketball as a host to the Puerto Rican Men's National Team during the training camp and exhibition game hosted by USA Basketball in Jacksonville, Fla., prior to the Olympics.
A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Dawson is a 1993 graduate of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and physical education. He continued his education in Albuquerque and earned a master's degree in sports administration in 1996. While at UNM Dawson spent seven years as a student manager, from Oct. 1988 through Oct. 1995, for the Lobos basketball team. In addition to supervising other managers, his responsibilities during his stint at New Mexico included team travel, laundry, transportation and assisting with the summer team and camps.
Men's National Team Director
Sean Ford, who served since April 1999 as USA Basketball's Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations, was named Men's National Team Director (then referred to as Assistant Executive Director for Men's Programs) in February 2001.
As the head of USA Basketball's men's programs, Ford is responsible for overseeing all facets of the men's program including coordinating men's team trials, team training camps, exhibition games, international competitions and also serving as the staff liaison to all USA Basketball men's competition committees.
Hired in February 1995 as USA Basketball's Manager of Basketball Operations, Ford was named Director of Basketball Operations in October 1996 and in April 1999 was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations. Ford was responsible for overseeing USA Basketball men's and women's teams, trials and training camp logistics, including on-court game operations and transportation, as well as the ordering and distribution of apparel. Ford also managed USA Basketball's officials program, scouting library and apparel inventory.
Ford joined USA Basketball after serving as a marketing assistant in the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) Athletic Department from August 1993 through January 1995. He also worked as an intern in the Bearcats marketing and compliance departments from August 1992 to August 1993.
Earning his bachelor's degree in 1990 from Villanova University (Pa.), where he served as a four-year student administrative assistant for the Wildcats men's basketball program, Ford interned in the Georgia Tech Athletic Department sports programs division from August 1990 to June 1991. Following his stint at Georgia Tech, Ford worked at the University of Massachusetts as a men's basketball administrative assistant during the 1991-92 season, while earning his master's in sports management.
Ford also served as a member of USA Basketball support staffs for the 1994 USA Men's World Championship Team in Charlotte, N.C., 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis, Mo., and the 1993 USA World University Games men's and women's teams in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ford and his wife Nora reside in Colorado Springs with their three children: Siobhan, Kate and Luke.
Receptionist / Administration Assistant
Kenisha Ikener nee Johnson has been directing callers to the appropriate departments at USA Basketball as its receptionist since January 2009.
As part of her many duties, Ikener is instrumental in helping USA Basketball process international Letters of Clearance applications. Johnson assists agents, player representatives and athletes, in obtaining clearance for U.S.-based athletes to play overseas. Additionally, she helps secure clearances from foreign basketball federations for athletes coming to the United States to compete for one of USA Basketball's member organizations like the CBA and the Harlem Globetrotters. Ikener also coordinates the sanctioning of foreign and domestic basketball tours between teams from the United States and foreign federations.
A native of Colorado Springs, Ikener graduated from Rampart High School and attended Pima Medical Institute from December 2008 through August 2009. She is currently studying nursing at Pikes Peak Community College.
Assistant Men's National Team Director
Former Villanova University (Pa.) basketball player William "BJ" Johnson began working for USA Basketball as manager of competitive programs on Feb. 22, 2005. He was elevated to assistant men's national team director in 2009.
As the manager of competitive programs, Johnson assisted in all facets of the men's and women's competitive programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions. Additionally, he assisted with the team outfitting; coordinated apparel inventory and video equipment; maintained the USA Basketball video library; as well as assisted in coordinating the USA Basketball Officials Program.
A 2002 graduate of Villanova with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a minor in Chinese, Johnson was a manager for the women's basketball team during the 1998-99 season. The following year he became a member of the men's basketball team as a walk-on, earned a scholarship and was a three-year (2000, 2001, 2002) Wildcat letterman. Johnson was a three-time selection to the Big East Academic All-Star Team, earned the 2001 Al Severance Award for academic achievement at the team's annual banquet and capped his collegiate experience by receiving the 2002 Sister Mary Margaret Cribben Award as Villanova's top male student-athlete. With Johnson on the roster the Wildcats posted an overall 57-39 record and competed in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 National Invitational Tournaments, advancing to the 2002 NIT quarterfinals.
Outside of basketball Johnson was listed in the 2002 Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities and served as the president of the Villanova Minority Engineers and Scientists organization during the 1999-2000 school year.
Johnson co-founded the Champions Sports Academy in Colorado Springs in July 2004 and has served as its director since that time. He established a 15-week program that educates high school athletes in the fundamental skills of basketball and essentials for personal development including decision-making, teamwork, attitude and confidence.
As a youth pastor at Solid Rock Christian Church since February 2004, Johnson coordinates activities and transportation for social and community service events for high school-age parishioners.
The Greensboro, N.C., native has worked at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer since March 2003. Johnson resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, Pauline.
3x3 Program Director
Travis Johnson started as the USA Basketball 3x3 Program Director on Feb. 1, 2012, after 10 years of experience as an events coordinator at the NBA.
As the 3x3 Program Director, Johnson oversees all facets of USA Basketballís newly created menís and womenís 3x3 programs, including 3x3 national teams and working with FIBA and U.S. 3x3 operators to further develop and grow the sport.
Johnson worked for the NBA in the events department beginning in 2002. Hired as an Event Coordinator/NBA Nation Tour Manager, he was promoted to Senior Event Coordinator in 2007. Johnson has worked on numerous NBA events including NBA Jam Session, Basketball Without Borders, NBA 3x3 programs and the NBA's domestic basketball grassroots touring program.
Johnson graduated from Pierce College in Philadelphia, Pa., with an associates of science degree in computer networking in May of 2001.
After working as a communications intern from April to September 2006, Jenny Maag was hired full time as the communications manager in October 2006.
Maag assists with the general administration of the communications department for USA Basketball while serving as a liaison between USA Basketball staff, coaches, players and the media. Her responsibilities include the production of press releases and publications, maintenance of usabasketball.com and staffing of USA Basketball trials, team training and competitions.
In addition to acting as the primary media contact for many of USA Basketballís youth teams, Maag also was also a member of USA Basketball's communications staff in Beijing and London, working with the men's and women's 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Teams, and for the USA womenís team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Prior to arriving at USA Basketball, Maag worked as an intern for the Seattle Sonics & Storm public relations department during the 2004 and 2005 Seattle Storm seasons and the Sonics' 2004-05 playoff run.
Additionally, she served as a management information systems runner for ESPN at the 2005 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
While attending Western Washington University, Maag worked for The Western Front as a reporter, copy and sports editor and community liaison. In addition, she produced and hosted a sports talk show and worked as a sports commentator and reporter for Western's television broadcast club, KVIK.
The Seattle native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2004 and now resides in Colorado Springs.
Chief Media/Communications Officer
Joining USA Basketball in April 1990 as the organization's first assistant executive director for media/public relations, Craig Miller serves as USA Basketball's spokesperson and primary media contact, while overseeing all facets of USA Basketball's communications operations.
Included among his responsibilities is coordinating all press conferences, overseeing all press releases, the production of USA Basketball's web site, production of team media guides and the USA Basketball News magazine. Miller also serves as a liaison between all USA Basketball staff, coaches, players and the media.
Miller currently is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Gowdy Media Awards Committee and a past member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Media Council. He was honored in March 1997 by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and named as a recipient of the Katha Quinn Award, an annual award which recognizes outstanding service and contributions to basketball and the USBWA.
While at USA Basketball, he headed the media/public relations responsibilities for the historic 2006-2008 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program. Miller has also served as the primary press officer for the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball teams that claimed five golds and one bronze medal, while serving as the primary press officer with the 1992 US. Olympic women's basketball team and assisting with the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 women's Olympic teams. Additionally, Miller headed the media/public relations efforts for the 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 USA World Championship men's teams, the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2007 and 2011 USA men's and women's Pan American Games teams and numerous other men's and women's junior national and select teams.
Prior to joining USA Basketball, Miller spent 10 years at Villanova University (Pa.) where he oversaw all media/public relations facets for Villanova's athletics teams as the assistant to the athletic director for athletic communications (1988-90) and sports information director (1981-88), including Villanova's 1985 NCAA national championship men's basketball team. Miller was the recipient of 25 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) publication awards between 1981-90, including 12 best in the nation top five awards.
While employed at Villanova, Miller was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the track and field press officer for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, a USOC press officer at the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Olympic Festivals, and was selected press officer for 1988 USA Winter Paralympic Team that competed in Austria.
Miller earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Albion College (Mich.) in 1977 and was three year starter in football and started four years in lacrosse. While attending Albion, he served as student sports information director and was sports editor of the college weekly newspaper and the yearbook. Miller studied toward a master's degree in public relations at Ball State University (Ind.), while serving at Earlham College (Ind.) for one year as sports information director, as an assistant football coach and assistant women's lacrosse coach.
Miller and his wife, Liz, reside in Colorado Springs with their three children, Mitchell, Libby and Anna.
HEATHER MOSHER AWTREY
Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
Named Assistant Director, Finance and Administration in Dec. 2004, Heather Mosher Awtrey has worked for USA Basketball since June, 1994.
In her current position she manages accounts payable and receivable among a variety of other accounting duties, acts as the Administrator for Employee Benefits, plans the USA Basketball Annual Assembly, coordinates meetings of the Board of Directors and assists in the coordination of various events.
Previoulsy, from 2001 to 2004 she was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and assisted USA Basketball Executive Director Jim Tooley in numerous aspects of the organization, including coordinating meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Hired in 1994, as the secretary for the USA Basketball Men's Programs department, in 1998 Mosher was promoted to Manager of Men's Programs. During her six and a half years working specifically with the USA Basketball Men's Programs, Mosher aided in the organizational aspects of all men's trials, training camps and competitions. Working with the gold medal winning 1994 USA Men's World Championship, 1996 U.S. Men's Olympic and 2000 U.S. Men''s Olympic teams, as well as the bronze medal winning 1998 USA Men's World Championship Team, Mosher assisted in coordinating the USA Basketball on-site office staff; helped with the USA Basketball guest program; assisted with the travel of guests and USA Basketball officials and served as the liaison with the various hotel staffs
Prior to joining the USA Basketball staff, Mosher-Awtrey worked from 1992-94 as the office manager and student records coordinator at Emery Aviation College in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and from 1990-92 she taught at the Colorado State University Child Development Center in Ft. Collins. Mosher-Awtrey also worked at the CSU Office of Conference Services from 1988-91 in its conference registration department.
Mosher-Awtrey earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in child psychology from Colorado State University in 1991. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband Jason and their two daughters.
After working in the USA Basketball media/public relations department as an intern from March 1995 to September 1995, and then completing a one-year position as Assistant Director, Media/Public Relations from September 1995 to September 1996, Caroline Williams was hired full time in October 1996 by USA Basketball as an Assistant Director for Media/Public Relations and promoted to Director of Communications on Oct. 20, 2003.
As the Director of Communications, Williams coordinates USA Basketball's Internet site, assists in the general administration of the media/public relations program for USA Basketball, including the production of USA Basketball press releases and publications, staffing of USA Basketball trials, team training and competitions, while serving as a liaison between USA Basketball staff, coaches, players and the media.
Additionally, Williams has served as the primary media contact for the USA Basketball Women's National Team since 1998, including the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Teams in their successful runs to gold in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, respectively, as well as the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 USA Women's World Championship Teams. While working with the USA Basketball Women's National Teams, Williams coordinated weekly newsletters, game releases, updated the USA Basketball web site, and aided in the promotion of the team through national and local media.
Williams has also headed up the promotion efforts for numerous men's and women's junior national teams, and assisted in USA Basketball's communications efforts for the last five men's Olympic teams, the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Team, and other USA Basketball Men's National Teams.
She has also volunteered to work as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee's media services staff at the 1998 and 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, 2006 Winter Olympic Games and 1999 Pan American Games.
Prior to arriving at USA Basketball, Williams served as an intern in the George Mason University (Va.) sports information department, working with the 1993-94 and 1994-95 men's and women's basketball teams. During her two-year stint at George Mason, Williams aided in all aspects of the sports information office including producing basketball media guides and home game programs, writing press releases and game stories, as well as compiling statistics. In March 1994, she served as the assistant media coordinator for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Eastern Region First and Second Rounds that George Mason played host to in Landover, Md.
Williams, who spends one week a year on outdoor service trips with Wilderness Volunteers, earned her bachelor's degree in speech communications in 1994 from George Mason University. She and her husband, Dave Bennett, reside in Colorado Springs.