Patrick Baumann
Patrick Beaumann 1.jpg
3rd Secretary General of FIBA
In office
1 January 2003 – 13 October 2018
Preceded byBorislav Stanković
Succeeded byAndreas Zagklis
Personal details
Born(1967-08-05)5 August 1967
Basel, Switzerland
Died13 October 2018(2018-10-13) (aged 51)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cause of deathHeart attack
OccupationBasketball executive, player, coach and referee

Patrick Baumann (5 August 1967, Basel, Switzerland – 13 October 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina)[1] was a Swiss basketball executive, player and coach. He was the President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations and Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.[2]


Baumann was born in Basel on 5 August 1967.[3] He was involved in many aspects of the basketball world. He played basketball while in Italy and also served as a referee. In Switzerland, he trained referees, coached a basketball team, ran clinics and organized tournaments.[3][4]


Baumann joined FIBA in 1994 and became the Deputy Secretary General in 1995. He was elevated to the position of Secretary General in 2002, with his term officially starting in 2003.[5]

While Secretary General of FIBA, Baumann supported the growth of 3x3 basketball. This format was used at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and was used in the under 18 will championships in 2015 Israel.[4][6]



Baumann died of a heart attack while attending the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 13 October 2018.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "FIBA mourns passing of Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann". Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  2. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announcement". Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  3. ^ a b "Patrick Baumann, '01". The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Retrieved 18 Oct 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Passion and strategic vision: Patrick Baumann's ideas". Rio2016. Archived from the original on 2015-06-24. Retrieved 15 Sep 2014.
  5. ^ "FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann Proposed as IOC Member". Sportcal. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 18 Oct 2013.
  6. ^ Levitt, Joshua (February 10, 2014). "Israel to Host FIBA's 3-on-3 Basketball Under 18 World Championships in 2015". Retrieved 15 Sep 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "Mr Patrick BAUMANN". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 18 Oct 2013.
  8. ^ "Basketball family and global sports community honors Patrick Baumann at memorial service". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ "IOC member and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann passes away". 14 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. ^ Odeven, Ed (2018-12-14). "Andreas Zagklis takes reins at FIBA". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
Sporting positions Preceded byBorislav Stanković Secretary General of the FIBA 2003–2018 Succeeded byAndreas Zagklis