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Carol Callan to be Inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2022

  • Date:
    Oct 14, 2021

Recently retired USA Basketball executive Carol Callan, who led USA women’s teams to seven-straight Olympic gold medals during her 26 years as the USA Basketball Women’s National Team director, will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Callan will be inducted alongside five other individuals, including three-time Super Bowl winner Ed McCaffrey, on May 4, 2022, in Denver.

“This honor is really special given my history with sports in Colorado as a high school coach and athletic director, my radio work with the University of Colorado women’s basketball team and my long-time role as the USA Basketball Women’s National Team director in Colorado Springs,” said Callan. “My thanks to the Selection Committee at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the many Colorado athletes and colleagues I’ve had the pleasure to work with along the way. Congratulations to my fellow inductees in the Class of 2022.”

Joining Callan and McCaffrey on the list of next year’s inductees are key Colorado sports facilitator Roger Kinney, high school athlete Darnell McDonald, former University of Colorado and Denver East basketball player Chuck Williams and boxer DaVarryl Williamson.

In 2019, The Atlanta Tipoff Club honored Callan as the recipient of the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball award, and she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2021.

Prior to taking the reins of the USA National Team program, Callan was involved with USA Basketball for almost seven years as a volunteer committee member. She served on USA Basketball's Executive Committee as secretary from 1992 to 1995, and from 1989 to 1995 was a member of the Women's Player Selection Committee and served as chair from 1992-1995. Additionally, Callan was a member of the Women's Programs Committee from 1992 to 1995.

Callan came to USA Basketball after spending 10 years (1986-1995) as director of athletics /activities and two years as an assistant principal (1993-1995) for Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., where she led the Knights to a state title as a coach. She’s also long served as an analyst on radio for University of Colorado women’s basketball. Currently, Callan serves as president of the FIBA Americas zone, and she is the first female to serve in that role.

Earning two master's degrees from the University of Colorado, Callan holds a master's in business administration and a master of science in physical education. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from William Woods College (Mo.) in 1975, graduating magna cum laude in mathematics and physical education.

During her time with USA Basketball, U.S. women’s teams also earned five of the past six FIBA World Cup gold medals and numerous gold medals at junior events. The USA women’s program is No. 1 in the FIBA world rankings across both junior and senior levels.

Since its inception in 1965, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 270 individuals prior to Tuesday’s selection meeting. The first class of inductees featured Earl “Dutch” Clark, Jack Dempsey and former Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White. Alonzo Babers, Bob Gebhard, George Gwozdecky, Terry Miller, Erin Popovich and Lindsey Vonn were inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame last month.


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