USA Basketball Team Selection Committees Picked for 2017-20
USA Basketball announced that the committees which will select coaches and athletes for various USA Basketball teams for the 2017-2020 period are now in place. The committees include representatives from USA Basketball’s constituent organizations, as well as at least one former USA Basketball athlete representative on each committee.
USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan will serve as chair of the 2017-20 USA Women’s National Team Steering Committee. The committee also includes three-time Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith as the athlete representative; WNBA chief operating officer Jay Parry as the WNBA representative; at-large selection and two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Championship medalist Ruthie Bolton; University of Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, who coached USA teams to gold medals at the past two Olympics (2012, 2016) and FIBA World Championships (2010, 2014), will serve as a special advisor; and the committee is rounded out with USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley.
USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee
George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, who directed the 2011 USA U19 World Championship and 2010 USA U18 championship team to gold medal finishes and also served as support staff on the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams, will serve as chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson Barling will serve as the athlete representative, and joining Rizzotti as representatives of the NCAA are University of Texas head coach Karen Aston, Temple University head coach Tonya Cardoza and North Carolina State head coach Wes Moore.
USA Women’s Developmental National Team Committee
Chairing the USA Women’s Developmental National Team Committee is Callan. Athlete representatives include four-time Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medalist Tamika Catchings and DeLisha Milton-Jones, a two-time Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medalist. Serving as at-large representatives are Westmont College head coach Kirsten Moore and Illinois Wesleyan University head coach Mia Smith. 1980 Olympian Jill Rankin Schneider, who served as head coach of the USA’s gold medalist 2012 U17 World Championship and 2011 U16 Championship teams, currently is head coach at Monterey High School (Texas) and will represent the NFHS, while Kevin Lynch of the Philadelphia Belles will represent the AAU.
Invitations to Trials and Training Camps
Men’s and women’s USA Basketball Junior National Team Committees, comprised of NCAA and athlete representatives, will issue invitations for trials and training camps and select coaching staffs and team members for college-aged teams, including USA Basketball U18 and U19 National Teams that will compete in the 2017 and 2019 FIBA U19 World Cups and 2018 and 2020 FIBA Americas U18 Championships, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games. The USA Women’s Junior National Team Committee also will select the staff and athletes for the USA U23 National Team that will compete in August 2017 in the first U23 Four Nations Tournament, an event anticipated to be held annually through 2020.
High school-age teams
Men’s and women’s USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committees, comprised of AAU, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), athlete and at-large representatives, will issue invitations for trials and training camps and select coaching staffs and team members for USA Basketball U16 and U17 National Teams that will compete in the 2018 and 2020 FIBA U17 World Cups and 2017 and 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championships. The USA Men’s Developmental National Team Committee also selects staff and athletes for the annual Nike Hoop Summit.