USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced on July 12, 2007, that Tony Ronzone, the Detroit Pistons Director of Basketball Operations, had been named Director of International Player Personnel for the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team. Ronzone will work through the 2008 Olympics with the USA coaching staff on the scouting of international teams and the evaluation of players.
'Tony is considered one of the premiere talent scouts in the business and his strength certainly is international basketball. We are pleased to have him involved,' said Colangelo.
Ronzone completed in 2007-08 his third year as Director of Basketball Operations and his sixth year overall with the Pistons. He directs all of Detroit's international scouting activities and assists with college scouting and evaluating NBA personnel. His efforts helped Detroit land Serbia center Zeljko Rebraca, Turkey's Mehmet Okur and Argentine shooting guard Carlos Delfino.
Ronzone joined the Pistons after serving as a scout for the Dallas Mavericks from 1998-2000.
His coaching career began in New Zealand where he was the youngest coach in their history. Returning to the U.S. he was an assistant coach for Bill Freider at Arizona State University in 1980. Ronzone went on to become head coach of the Saudi Arabian National Team in 1992 as well as a five year stint in the United Arab Emirates. Ronzone served as assistant coach for the Chinese youth national team in 1998 and was appointed to coach the Chinese National Team in the 2001 East Asia Game where he coached Yao Ming and Wang ZhiZhi. That team under Ronzone earned a gold medal.
A college basketball player at the University of Nevada and Long Beach State, Ronzone played professional basketball overseas in New Zealand, Australia, Italy and the Philippines. He is an active member of the NBA's Basketball Without Boarders Program and continues to conduct clinics and camps throughout the world.