Jay Demings Named USA Basketball Youth Program Director
USA Basketball has announced Jay Demings as its Youth Program 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.
“The addition of Jay is an important first step for our youth program,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “Jay has an impressive background in youth basketball that will help shape and guide USA Basketball’s new youth basketball division. He has the passion and experience necessary to manage and help launch this new endeavour, and all of us at USA Basketball are excited to promote, grow and elevate our sport.
“USA Basketball's youth program will expand the organization's focus to a broader group that encompasses the entire youth basketball community, including boys and girls. It's USA Basketball's belief that through our new youth program initiative, important and positive values can be taught, while also providing real basketball tools for players of all ages, coaches and parents.”
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.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as Youth Program Director for USA Basketball,” Demings said. “This is an exciting time to join the organization. I'm looking forward to working with basketball leaders at all levels in guiding our young people through their development.”
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.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 World Championships; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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