MIAMI (FIBA Americas) – Carol Callan was elected as President of FIBA Americas for the 2019-2023 term by the General Assembly of the member federations in Miami, USA on Saturday. This makes Carol Callan the fourth elected member of the FIBA Central Board for 2019-2023 cycle after Burton Shipley, the re-elected President of FIBA Oceania, Turgay Demirel, the re-elected President of FIBA Europe and Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani, the re-elected President of FIBA Asia.
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, Callan assumed duties as the USA Basketball Women’s National Team director in October 1996. 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.
Callan becomes the first woman ever to be elected President of FIBA Americas.
“This is humbling. I will like to thank my colleagues from the North American Sub-Zone for their continued support. I will like to say thanks to Usie for a job well done, and his encouragement and counseling. I look forward to working with you for the betterment and expansion of basketball in the Americas,” said the newly elected FIBA Americas President Carol Callan.
For his part, the FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: ”It’s great to have a person that has devoted her entire life to basketball and has seen all the levels of FIBA competitions. Because of her skill and experience we are confident that she is the right person to lead FIBA Americas.”
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: ”The most important pillar since I was elected FIBA President in 2014 has been the development of our national federations and this Assembly is proof of the great work that has been done. Today we are stronger, more united and focused on our common objective of growing our sport to become the most popular sports community in the world.