Jerry Colangelo Re-Elected as Team USA Basketball Chairman
Jerry Colangelo has been re-elected to oversee the Team USA Basketball program that he helped return to dreaminess.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix shared the news on Twitter:
Jerry Colangelo has been re-elected chairman of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors, putting him in charge again for the next four years— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) November 13, 2012
Colangelo took over as managing director of the men's national team in 2005—just after the American men picked up an ultra-disappointing bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics. When Colangelo took over, the whole program seemed to be faltering and it was generating little interest in fans, or even the players for that matter.
Times have changed under his guidance. Since taking over, the men's team has gone 62-1. The team has also been a delight for basketball fans to watch, and players have lined up for the opportunity to selflessly represent the USA.
Colangelo became chairman of the women's program in 2009 as well. The women's side was in great shape then and it still is today.
The USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt shared this statement from Colangelo:
I'm excited to again serve USA Basketball as chairman for the next four years. I'm proud of the many successes USA Basketball's coaches and players achieved over the past four years, and I'm looking forward to helping keep that momentum going. We were not only successful in competitions, but in the manner in which everyone associated with USA Basketball represented our country on and away from the court. We focused on showing the utmost respect for the competitions and for our international opponents.
Colangelo is now set to hold his chairman position until 2016. In that time, Team USA is expected to compete in the 2014 men's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and women's World Cup in Turkey and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
This was certainly a well-deserved re-election, as Colangelo has done a fantastic job of restoring pride in and excitement around Team USA.
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