USA Basketball Staff
Jim Tooley joined USA Basketball in March 1993 as USA Basketball’s Men's National Team Director and was unanimously appointed to the position of CEO/Executive Director effective Jan. 1, 2001.
Tooley oversees the day-to-day business affairs and operations of the organization. Under his leadership, USA Basketball has significantly expanded its reach within the international and domestic basketball landscape. Most recently, iHoops merged within USA Basketball forming the creation of a new youth development division. Additionally, expanding USA Basketball’s involvement from basketball’s traditional five-on-five game, under Tooley’s direction USA Basketball has embraced 3x3 basketball and currently conducts annual men’s and women’s 3x3 national championships in the open age division and for the 18-and-under age group, while also fielding USA teams for international 3x3 championships.
USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. USA teams are the reigning world/Olympic champions at every level of FIBA and FIBA Americas. Between 2008-2013, USA 5x5 squads have compiled a sterling overall win-loss record of 191-5 (.974 winning percentage) in FIBA and FIBA Americas official competitions. The USA women are 96-2 since 2008, while the men are 95-3 over the past six years.
He is the current Vice President & Treasurer of FIBA Americas, while also serving on the Executive Committee & Central Board of FIBA Americas. In addition, Tooley is Deputy Chairman of the FIBA Youth Commission and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He has also been an ambassador for FIBA's development of 3x3 basketball worldwide.
Joining USA Basketball as the Men's National Team Director, Tooley's responsibilities included overseeing all facets of the men's national team program. He 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.
In the eight seasons the men's national team program was under his guidance, USA teams captured gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics; 1994 FIBA World Championship; 1998 Goodwill Games, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 World University Games; 1993 FIBA 22 and Under World Championship and 1998 World Youth Games. Also while under Tooley's watch, USA Basketball initiated two highly successful grass-roots programs, the annual Nike Hoop Summit and the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival that was held 1998-2007.
Prior to joining USA Basketball, Tooley worked with the then Denver-based Continental Basketball Association (CBA), which served as the developmental league of the NBA during that time. 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 a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University in 1987 and worked as a student assistant in the sports information department at CSU from 1985-87.
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.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Jill Berryman joined the USA Basketball staff in March 2014 as Office Manager/Executive Assistant after three years as ticket sales and service coordinator with the Memphis Grizzlies.
As executive assistant, Berryman works with USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley in numerous aspects of the organization, including planning the USA Basketball Annual Assembly, coordinating meetings of the Board of Directors and assisting in the coordination of various events.
As office manager, Berryman assists USA Basketball CFO Brent Baumberger in a variety of tasks in helping to run the day-to-day operations in the USA Basketball offices, including working with property management company and office equipment vendors, administering employee health plans and working with insurance brokers.
Berryman began working with the Grizzlies as a community investment intern in October 2010, where she assisted with the coordination of community investment programs and initiatives.
Prior to arriving in Memphis, she interned for five months in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ community relations department in 2009 and was an administrative assistant for the men’s basketball office at her alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stout, from 2006-09.
Berryman graduated magna cum laude in 2010 from Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Finance and Administration Assistant
Rita Bickley manages accounts payable and receivable among a variety of other accounting duties for USA Basketball as finance and administration assistant since August 2013.
In addition to managing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoice processing, Bickley reconciles credit card activity along with expense reports, and assists with the preparation of financial statements and various other financial reporting.
Prior to arriving at USA Basketball, Bickley spent a total of six years working in the accounting department of two different companies in Colorado Springs, Colo., where in addition to general bookkeeping duties, Bickley helped with payroll and tax preparation, created financial reports and aided in preparing client contracts. From 1998-2006 Bickley was self employed and conducted a variety of accounting and other duties, along with her partners for their auction/estate sale company.
Armed with an associate of the arts degree in liberal studies and legal support services certification from North Harris County College, Houston, Texas, in 1987, Bickley served as a legal secretary and legal assistant from 1990-98 before moving into the accounting field.
Bickley has three daughters and resides in Colorado Springs.
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. Since its inception in 1995, the highly successful Women's National Team program has posted an 80-1 slate in major international competitions winning five-straight Olympic gold medals and three of four FIBA World Championships. Between 2008-2013, USA 5x5 women's squads have compiled a 96-2 record in FIBA and FIBA Americas official competitions, claiming nothing but gold during that time in each Olympic, FIBA World Championship, FIBA U17 and U19 World Championships, and FIBA Americas U16 and U18 Championships.
Callan is a member of several USA Basketball selection committees – the National Team Steering Committee (chair), the National Team Player Selection Committee and the Developmental National Team Committee (non–voting chair). She serves on the FIBA and FIBA Americas Women's Commissions, the WBCA Board of Directors and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
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.
Assistant Director, National Team Operations
University of New Mexico graduate Ellis Dawson started working for USA Basketball as a manager of competitive programs on Feb. 22, 2005, and was elevated to assistant director, national team operations in 2009.
As assistant director, national team operations, 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 from 1995 through 2004, 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 such as 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, Florida, prior to the Olympics.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dawson is a 1993 graduate of University 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.
Youth Development Director
USA Basketball has announced Jay Demings as its Youth Development Director. Demings started his position on Nov. 4, 2013. He arrives at USA Basketball with 16 years of experience in boys and girls basketball and a master’s degree in sport leadership from Northeastern University.
As the Youth Program Director, Demings will oversee all facets of the newly created department, including the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety in sport.
Recently, Demings served as the director of operations for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club in Boston, Mass., where he oversaw all aspects of the non-profit basketball program. During his tenure, BABC won five national tournament titles as well as the 2012 Victor Rho International Basketball Tournament in Milan, Italy, at the U16 age group. He also organized and directed many youth basketball tournaments.
From May of 2011 through August 2012, Demings was a sport director at Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Warwick, R.I., and he spent the 2009-10 NBA season with the Boston Celtics as a media and public relations assistant.
At Providence Country Day School in East Providence, R.I., from 2003-2008, Demings served as an assistant athletic director and the varsity girls basketball coach for five seasons.
Demings got his start in high school basketball as founder, president and coach of Rhode Island Premier Basketball from 1998-2009, a nonprofit youth program for boys and girls ages 9-18.
Coordinator, Youth Division
Rita Grayson began working as a USA Basketball Youth Division Coordinator in July 2014. She will be responsible for youth development programming and assisting in the overall growth of the USA Basketball Youth Division.
Grayson joined USA Basketball after spending the last three years with the Amateur Athletic Union as sports coordinator for basketball. She previously interned for the New York Knicks in basketball operations and spent two years as an assistant coach for the girls basketball team at Maynard Evans High School in Florida.
A one-year standout on the Francis Marion basketball team, Grayson helped her squad achieve the largest turnaround in NCAA DII during the 2007-08 season, improving to 21-9 from a 6-22 record, which marked the eighth-best turnaround in NCAA DII history.
Grayson earned a bachelor's degree from Francis Marion University in South Carolina as well as her Master of Business Administration and Master of Sports Business Management degrees from the University of Central Florida DeVos Sports Business Program.
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, North Carolina; 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis, Missouri; and the 1993 USA World University Games men's and women's teams in Buffalo, New York.
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.
Johnson works with all levels of USA Basketball men's teams, but his primary focus is on developing the successful USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. He coordinates athletes and staff involved in men's junior team trials, training camps, exhibition games and international competitions.
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 worked at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer for two years (2003-05). 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 Basketball’s newly created men’s and women’s 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 Basketball’s 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 women’s 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 and social media sites, 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 and 2009-2012 Men's National Team programs. 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.
Coordinator of National Team Programs
Andrea Travelstead joined USA Basketball in October of 2013 as the Coordinator of National Team Programs. Working with both the men’s and women’s programs, Travelstead oversees all operations and preparations for team trials, training camps and competitions.
Travelstead’s responsibilities as Programs Coordinator include managing the USA Basketball database of former and current players, coaches and staff; organization of player contracts and participation forms; hotel and travel arrangements; as well as player personnel and administrative and on-court assistance during trials and training camps.
Prior to coming to USA Basketball, Travelstead held a position in event operations for Elite Tournaments in Baltimore, running soccer tournaments around the country. Her international experiences include a one-year stint in Melbourne, Australia, working at Kilsyth Basketball Association, a sport club with 14,000 participating members. At Kilsyth, her responsibilities included game-day management for the semi-professional men's and women's teams and serving as Tournament Director for the Australian Schools Championships, Basketball Australia’s nationwide high school tournament.
Travelstead was a graduate assistant coach at Illinois Wesleyan University from 2010-2012, and she helped the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances and the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship.
A 2009 graduate of DePauw University, Travelstead was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team that won the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from Illinois State University in 2012.
Arriving with experience from FOXSports.com and CBSSports.com, Greg Urbano joined USA Basketball in the newly-created position of Digital Director for USA Basketball on May 19, 2014, and is responsible for the strategic development and content management for all of USA Basketball’s digital platforms.
Since January of 2012, Urbano had been a product manger for FOX Sports Digital Media in Los Angeles, California. His responsibilities included managing the coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games for FOXSports.com, which saw record traffic and sales revenue – including the highest amount of single-week traffic in site history, and he was the lead project manager for all social media initiatives.
Prior to his time at FOX Sports, Urbano worked for CBS Interactive - CBSSports.com from 2008-2012 in several roles, including product manager, producer and search engine optimization specialist.
Working as a reporter, sports editor and assistant editor for the Florida State University independent student newspaper, the FSView, Urbano graduated from Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2005, and went on to work as a freelance journalist for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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 in October 2003.
Williams launched USABasketball.com in 1996 and coordinated the site for nearly two decades. She assists in the general administration of the communications department 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, 2010 and 2014 USA Women's World Championship Teams. While working with the USA Basketball Women's National Teams, Williams coordinated weekly newsletters from 1998 through 2004, writes game recaps, updates the USA Basketball web site, and aids in the promotion of the team through national and local media.
Williams has also heads up the promotion efforts for numerous men's and women's junior national teams, and assisted in USA Basketball's communications efforts for the past 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 of her vacation each year co-leading 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 with their cat, Jackson.