William L. Wall

Class of 2004

  • Named as the first executive director of the Amateur Basketball Association of the United States of America in 1975
  • Served as executive director of USA Basketball (formerly ABAUSA) for 18 years (1975-1992) and was a driving force behind the USA’s success in Olympics and other international competitions, taking an active role in the organization and preparation of U.S. teams
  • USA won numerous medals and titles during his tenure, including two Olympic gold medals, three World Championship titles, and three Pan American Game gold medals in women’s basketball as well as three gold medals in both the Olympics and the Pan American Games in men’s basketball
  • Headed the host organization for numerous competitions held in the United States, including the first COPABA Junior Women’s Tourney in 1977 and the first FIBA World Championship for Junior Women in 1985 as well as the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, and the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle
  • Served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Executive Committee (1984-88), the COPABA (Pan American Basketball Confederation) Executive Committee (1983-91), and the FIBA Eligibility Committee (1984-91)
  • Received the Edward S. Steitz Award for his contributions to international officiating and rules making and an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Atlanta Tip-Off Club as well as the FIBA Order of Merit