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Elmore exits CEO post at iHoops

Len Elmore has left his position as chief executive officer of iHoops, the NBA and NCAA youth basketball joint venture.
His departure date is effective immediately. No replacement has been named.

NBA and NCAA officials confirmed Elmore’s departure but would not comment further. Elmore could not be reached for comment.

Elmore signed a three-year contract in May 2010 to run iHoops while continuing his basketball television analyst duties for CBS and ESPN. He replaced Kevin Weiberg, who joined iHoops as CEO in 2008 and resigned in March 2010 to become deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the Pac-12 Conference.

Elmore’s departure leaves iHoops to search for a new executive as it looks to grow its mission of establishing youth basketball training and educational programs. Parker Executive Search has been retained by iHoops to conduct the CEO search.

IHoops was created in 2008 by the NBA and the NCAA, each of which committed to spend up to $15 million in cash to run the operation, with another $20 million in shared marketing. The venture is based in Indianapolis and has a 10-member staff.

Since its inception, iHoops has created and has signed Nike and Adidas as founding partners. The iHoops venture also has formed partnerships with USA Basketball, the Amateur Athletic Union and the National Federation of State High School Associations to help provide resources for players, parents, officials and coaches.

Under Elmore, iHoops launched an online coaches education program, built a nationwide youth skills program and helped grow the site, which now counts 750,000 unique visitors per month, an iHoops spokesman said.