USA Diving hires new CEO from Nitro Circus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Terry Bassett has been hired as CEO of USA Diving, taking on the role nearly a year after his predecessor left having served 16 months on the job.

USA Diving said Thursday that Bassett will begin his duties Oct. 1.

He succeeds Lee Walsi Johnson, who came over from USA Gymnastics where he was vice president of marketing. Jack Perkins had been acting CEO.

Bassett most recently worked at Nitro Circus, Travis Pastrana’s action sports company where Bassett was vice president of partnership marketing and sales.

Bassett has had other stints with the Miami Dolphins, NASCAR/International Speedway Corp., and the Professional Bull Riders.

The sport’s national governing body hired an executive search firm to conduct a nationwide hunt for a CEO.