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Ex-WNBA president first female to lead Olympic hoops

Updated: March 22, 2005, 9:28 PM ET
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Val Ackerman, founding president of the WNBA, became the first female president of USA Basketball on Tuesday.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

Ackerman resigned as WNBA president, effective last month.

An attorney and former college and pro player, Ackerman succeeds NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt as USA Basketball president through 2008.

"I am honored and excited to assume this position," ...

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