USA Basketball has announced that Grant Hill will take over the reins of men’s national team managing director Jerry Colangelo after the Tokyo Olympics. Grant Hill won an Olympic Gold medal in the 1996 Olympic games and made the NBA All-Star team on seven occasions throughout a career that spanned 19 seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
“It’s just an incredible opportunity, also an incredible challenge,” Hill said after his appointment was confirmed. “I had the good fortune of participating in international play – the Pan American Games, of course, the Olympic team – and I have been a fan of Team USA going back to the 1984 Olympic team when I first started to fall in love with basketball.”
Colangelo has been looking to retire after the Olympic Games that were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The role was created after the USA team lost three games at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. He oversaw the process to bring in Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski who led the US to three Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
“Grant is a proven leader of consequence and character who will continue to help us achieve on our twin goals of winning international competitions and representing our country with honour,” USA Basketball board of directors chair and retired General Martin Dempsey said.