Jim Tooley joined USA Basketball in March 1993 as the USA Men's National Team director and was unanimously appointed to the position of CEO 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. In 2013, iHoops merged within USA Basketball forming the creation of a new youth development division. USA Basketball Youth Development initiatives include coach licensing, organizational accreditation, youth clinics, coach academies and open court programs. 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. Additionally, USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women’s FIBA World Cups; men’s and women’s U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 FIBA Americas Championships; men's and women's U16 FIBA Americas Championships; and FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Cup and women’s Youth Olympic Games.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-17 compiled a spectacular 193-4 overall win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. Adding in results from the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, USA teams are a striking 217-9. Additionally, USA 3x3 teams posted a 118-23 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.
He currently serves on the FIBA Central Board and is treasurer of FIBA Americas, while also serving on the Executive Committee & Central Board of FIBA Americas. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, and has also been an ambassador for FIBA's development of 3x3 basketball worldwide.
As the USA 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.