Plenty of UConn connections on USA Basketball selection committees
UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who coached the U.S. to back to back Olympic gold medals, is a special advisor on the USA Basketball Women's National Team Steering Committee
Former UConn Al-American Jen Rizzotti, currently the head coach at George Washington, is the chair of the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee while former UConn assistant coach and current Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza will serve on that committee.
Here is the release
USA Basketball committees, which will select coaches and athletes for various USA Basketball teams for the 2017-2020 quadrennium, are now in place and include representatives from USA Basketball's constituent organizations, as well as at least one former USA Basketball athlete representative on each committee.
Jerry Colangelo, who was named the managing director of the USA Basketball Men's National Team in 2005, will continue in that role for 2017-20. Under Colangelo, the USA men have compiled a remarkable 88-1 overall record (60-1 in official FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions and 28-0 record in exhibition games) and claimed top honors in six of seven FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions.
The USA Basketball Women's National Team Steering Committee is comprised of USA Basketball, WNBA, former USA Basketball athletes and at-large representatives. The Women's National Team Steering Committee will review basketball matters related to the participation of the USA Basketball Women's National Team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup and if the USA qualifies, 2020 Olympic Games. The USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee, which will select athletes for the aforementioned competitions and additional USA National Team training camps during the quadrennium will be announced at a later date.
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.
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.
Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, who was an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team and a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee from 2013-16, will serve as chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. Shane Battier, who claimed bronze as a member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team and gold at the 2001 Goodwill Games, will serve as the athlete representative, and joining Painter as representatives of the NCAA are a trio of USA Basketball experienced coaches. NCAA appointees include University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who served as an assistant on the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team that claimed gold; Providence College head coach Ed Cooley, who served as an assistant coach on the gold medal winning 2015 USA U19 World Championship and 2014 USA U18 Championship teams; and University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller, who was head coach of the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team and an assistant coach with the gold medalist 2014 USA U18 championship team.
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.
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.
USA Basketball Men's National Team director Sean Ford will again serve as chair of the USA Men's Developmental National Team Committee, which also includes 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalists Keith Langford and Damien Wilkins as the athlete representatives. Serving as at-large representatives are Evan Daniels of Scout.com and FOX Sports and St. Edward High School (Ohio) head coach Eric Flannery, who served as head coach of the 2015 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team and who was an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2013 USA U16 Championship and 2014 USA U17 World Championship teams. Torrey Pines High School (Calif.) head coach John Olive, who served as a head coach of the 2009 USA Nike Hoop Summit team, will represent the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Boo Williams of Boo Williams AAU will represent the Amateur Athletic Association (AAU).
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.