USA Basketball hires BABC's Jay Demings

USA Basketball this morning announced the hiring of former Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Director of Operations Jay Demings, who will serve as Youth Program Director.

Here is the full release from USA Basketball:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2013) - USA Basketball has announced Jay Demings as its Youth Program Director. Demings started his position on Nov. 4, 2013. He arrives at USA Basketball with 16 years of experience in boys and girls basketball and a master's degree in sport leadership from Northeastern University.

"The addition of Jay is an important first step for our youth program," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. "Jay has an impressive background in youth basketball that will help shape and guide USA Basketball's new youth basketball division. He has the passion and experience necessary to manage and help launch this new endeavour, and all of us at USA Basketball are excited to promote, grow and elevate our sport.

"USA Basketball's youth program will expand the organization's focus to a broader group that encompasses the entire youth basketball community, including boys and girls. It's USA Basketball's belief that through our new youth program initiative, important and positive values can be taught, while also providing real basketball tools for players of all ages, coaches and parents."

As the Youth Program Director, Demings will oversee all facets of the newly created department, including the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety in sport.

"I am humbled and honored to have been selected as Youth Program Director for USA Basketball," Demings said. "This is an exciting time to join the organization. I'm looking forward to working with basketball leaders at all levels in guiding our young people through their development."

Recently, Demings served as the director of operations for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club in Boston, Mass., where he oversaw all aspects of the non-profit basketball program. During his tenure, BABC won five national tournament titles as well as the 2012 Victor Rho International Basketball Tournament in Milan, Italy, at the U16 age group. He also organized and directed many youth basketball tournaments.