USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, announced today that Big Ten Commissioner JIM DELANY has joined its board of directors. Delany is in his 23rd year as Big Ten commissioner and has overseen the conference's expansion to 12 teams, helped create the first national conference-owned television network (BTN), spearheaded the development of the first collegiate version of football instant replay, implemented conference-wide sportsmanship initiatives and adopted a multi-phased gender equity program during his tenure.
A native of South Orange, N.J., Delany received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1970 and juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1973. Delany's distinguished career in administering intercollegiate athletics began at the NCAA where he was employed as an enforcement representative from 1975-79. For the next decade, he served as commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, where he oversaw the growth and enhancement of OVC athletic programs for men and women. Active in the community, Delany has coached several youth teams and has been associated with Special Olympics and YMCA endeavors at various times.
USA Football has educated more than 75,000 youth football coaches through its online courses and single-day coaching clinics since 2006. USA Football, with members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., conducts more than 80 football events annually across the country. The independent non-profit offers education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players, resources for youth football league commissioners, and manages America's national teams in the sport for international competition. More than 60 countries on six continents possess a national federation of sport dedicated solely to American football.
"We're proud to have Jim join our board of directors," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. "The Big Ten stands among the NCAA's preeminent conferences, and under his leadership has continued to provide exceptional athletic and academic experiences for young people. His knowledge and commitment to the sport will make him a valuable contributor to USA Football and to our country's football community."
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants for youth and high school football programs. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.