April 29, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- A trio of collegiate head coaches, including Matt Corkery of American University, Bobbie Kelsey of the University of Wisconsin and Matilda Mossman from The University of Tulsa, today were announced as court coaches for the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship and World University Games Team Trials. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team committee.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Kelsey, who recently completed her second year as Wisconsin’s head coach. “These are committee-selected positions, so for the committee to see my value in adding me to the trials and participating in that way as a coach is quite an honor. I feel privileged to be looked at in that light. I know Jim Foster, Joi Williams, Lindsay Gottleib and all those folks on the committee. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them, coach against them, be in the same conference, so for them to recognize me as a person that is capable, and someone they feel confident will add to the proceedings out there, is an honor.”
Trials for both the 2013 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team and the 2013 USA Women’s World University Games Team will take place in staggered sessions May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The three court coaches will assist the U19 and World University Games coaching staffs during the weekend’s trials sessions.
While approximately 30 players are expected to attend each trials, current collegiate athletes participating in the U19 trials are eligible and may also be considered for the 2013 USA World University Games Team.
At the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be played July 1-17 in Klaipeda and Panevëþys, Lithuania, the USA will be led by the University of Miami’s Katie Meier and assistant coaches Nikki Caldwell of Louisiana State University and Gonzaga University’s Kelly Graves. Only U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1994) are eligible for the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team.
University of Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale has been tabbed head coach of the 2013 USA World University Games Team, and Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Pennsylvania State University will serve as assistant coaches. The 2013 World University Games women’s basketball competition is slated for July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. The World University Games are a multi-sport competition, and the U.S. team will be comprised of athletes who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
In addition to chair and NCAA representative Jim Foster, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Melanie Balcomb (head coach, Vanderbilt University), Lindsay Gottlieb (head coach, University of California) and Joi Williams (head coach, UCF), as well as athlete representative Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who has been a part of nine USA Basketball teams.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions; as well as winners of the women’s FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.