Jim Haney assumed duties as the National Association of Basketball Coaches executive director in June 1992. He is the only fourth full-time executive director in the 75-year history of the NABC, following Clifford Wells (1960-73), William L. Wall (1973-75) and Joseph R. Vancisin (1975-92). Prior to accepting his current position, Haney spent four years as commissioner of the Big West Conference. His college basketball portfolio includes more than 31 years of experience starting as a student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shortly after graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1971, Haney joined the University of Oregon coaching staff as an assistant under his former Penn coach, Dick Harter. Haney later succeeded Harter and coached the Duck's basketball team for five years beginning with the 1978-79 season. 


After leaving Oregon in 1983, Haney accepted a position with Larry Brown's coaching staff at the University of Kansas, but before the tip-off of the season, he moved on to start his athletic administrative career as assistant commissioner of the Metro Conference. In 1985, Haney began a three-year term as commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference before heading to the Big West Conference in 1988.

As executive director of the NABC, Haney has overseen the move of the association's headquarters from Branford, Conn., to Overland Park, Kan. He recently signed a lease with Kansas City to move the NABC offices downtown into the city's historic Municipal Auditorium to establish the NABC National Basketball Center. The NABC Center will include an interactive fan event, a Hall of Honor for college and high school coaches and a basketball institute to further the professional development of the NABC's membership. Haney also created the NABC Congress for each division of NCAA Basketball to work more effectively with the NCAA, as well as organizing the Student Basketball Congress to provide today's intercollegiate athletes a voice in issues relating to the welfare of the game.

Under Haney's guidance, the NABC has ventured into basketball events with the formation of three preseason basketball tournament's - the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, the NABC Classic (rotating host school site) and the Guardians Classic with its championship round in Kansas City, MO. Also, Haney took the annual NABC All-Star Game and modified the traditional East vs. West college all-star format to become a match-up of college basketball's top seniors playing the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in the very competitive NABC All-Star Game during the Final Four weekend.

Part of Haney's vision to further the growth and visibility of the NABC was adopting the national awareness and education program "Guardians of the Game." The goal of the program is to focus attention on the positive aspects of the game of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of their players through advocacy, leadership, service and education. During his leadership, the NABC formed its partnership with the American Cancer Society that launched the widely successful Coaches vs. Cancer program to champion awareness, education and prevention. In 2001, Haney oversaw the development of the One Nation, One People, One Flag initiative which has been adopted nationally from high school programs on up to all levels of college basketball.

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Haney also serves on the Board of Directors for USA Basketball. Haney and his wife, Carol, reside in Kansas City, Mo. Their son, Jimmy, is a junior at University of Texas and was a 2001 NCAA All-America doubles player in tennis