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NFHS' Niehoff Joins Players Bird, Durant on USA Basketball Board

By NFHS/USA Basketball on October 26, 2021 nfhs news Print

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), was  appointed Monday to serve on the USA Basketball Board of Directors. She's joined by fellow first-time board members in five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird and three-time gold medalist Kevin Durant.

Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was reelected chairperson of the federation's board of directors, previously served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Barack Obama. He is the second person to be elected chair for back-to-back Olympic cycles, following Jerry Colangelo.

Dempsey will remain in the role through the 2024 Paris Olympics. He said that he was proud of USAB’s “remarkable success,” including gold medals in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s 3x3 at the Tokyo Games.

“We remain unflinchingly and enthusiastically committed to winning and rededicate ourselves to representing our country with honor in international competition,” Dempsey said.

Durant and Bird are among five athlete representatives — all gold medalists — who were added to the board, which was expanded from 11 to 15 people for this cycle. Joining Bird and Durant are Seimone Augustus, a three-time winner, and Jennifer Azzi and Harrison Barnes, who won gold once.

Other new board members include WNBA head of league operations Bethany Donaphin, West Coast Conference Commissioner Gloria Nevarez, and John Rogers Jr., the chairman and co-CEO of Ariel Investments.

The other board members are holdovers from the most recent Olympic cycle, including NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, NBA senior vice president of international operations Kim Bohuny, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt, Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir and Texas executive senior associate athletics director Chris Plonsky.