Craig Miller, Chief of Communications, to Retire at Year’s End
USA Basketball chief communications officer Craig Miller will retire at the end of the year after more than 31 years spearheading USA Basketball’s publicity efforts.
Miller built the USA Basketball communications department from scratch after joining the organization in April 1990 and oversaw all facets of USA Basketball's media/communications operations, which included the launch of usab.com and USA Basketball social media platforms. He served as the organization’s spokesperson and served as a liaison between USA Basketball staff, coaches, players and the media. He spearheaded the media/communications efforts for the past eight men’s and women’s Olympic teams, the men’s and women’s teams that competed in FIBA World Cups from 1990-2019, and numerous other USA men’s and women’s junior national and select teams.
“Craig’s commitment, dedication and strong work ethic has been a tremendous asset to USA Basketball,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO. “Craig joined the organization at such a pivotal time as it started a new era with the 1992 Dream Team, and he’s been a part of the international basketball scene ever since. He always worked hard to support all of our national teams, both men and women, junior national teams, 3x3 basketball and our youth and sport development programs. I’m grateful for his many years of contributions to the organization.”
A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Gowdy Media Awards Committee and a past member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Media Council, Miller 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.
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.