Ohemaa Nyanin Named USA Basketball Women’s National Team Assistant Director
Bringing with her experience as a basketball player and director of basketball operations at American University and as a USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp volunteer, Ohemaa Nyanin has been hired as the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Assistant Director. She will begin her duties on Feb. 2, 2015.
She will assist in all facets of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Program, including developmental, junior and national team trials, training camps and events.
“We are very excited to welcome Ohemaa to our team, and we know that she will be a valuable addition who will be able to capitalize on her previous basketball experiences,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “She has been a support staff member with USA Basketball at several national team trials, and we look forward to great things from her in her role as women’s national team assistant director.”
Nyanin graduated from American University with bachelor’s degrees in international relations and foreign language and communications media in May 2009 and a master’s degree in justice and public policy in August 2011.
From July 2010 through May 2011, she served as the American University women’s basketball director of operations.
She was a volunteer support staff member at the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team’s domestic training camp in Annapolis, Maryland, Delaware and Bridgeport, Connecticut; and at the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19, World University Games and U16 National Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“I am thrilled and truly humbled for the opportunity to work with USA Basketball, it has been a dream come true,” Nyanin said. “My experiences working overseas with youth and working in the social entrepreneurship space are some unique qualities that I hope to bring to this position. In addition, working with the American University women's basketball team, both as an athlete and director of basketball operations, has honed my passion for team work.”
Most recently, she was a senior project manager for the Africa region at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Arlington, Virginia, where she had worked since February of 2012.
Nyanin also worked as an office coordinator for The Session Law Firm, as an interim associate youth director at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and as logistics chair for American University’s Latino Youth Conference, all in Washington, District of Columbia.
As a center at American University, she made 58 appearances for the Eagles from 2005-06 through 2009-10. As a senior in 2009-10, she started in 31 of 32 games and led the team with 6.3 rebounds per game, good for fifth in the Patriot League. During conference play, Nyanin’s 7.3 rpg. was second most in the Patriot League. She also averaged 4.5 points per game and was a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection in 2010.
Originally from Kumasi, Ghana, Nyanin attended Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she was Friends School League All-Conference selection as both a junior and senior.
She is fluent in Spanish and Twi (Ghanaian dialect), and she has lived in the USA, Chile, Philippines, Zambia and Zimbabwe.