Foster to Chair Junior National Team Committee
Feb. 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The USA Basketball Board of Directors has approved USA Basketball's competition committees for the 2013-16 quadrennium. The committees feature representation from USA Basketball member organizations as well as athlete representatives.
"We are fortunate to have terrific representatives for each of these committees," said USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO Jim Tooley. "These are the committees that identify our coaches and players for our national teams, and we put together another collection of talented and dedicated committee members to help us continue to win gold medals."
Men's and Women's Junior National Team Committees
The 2013-16 Women's Junior National Team Committee is chaired by Jim Foster (head coach, the Ohio State University) and 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.
The Men's and Women's Junior National Team committees will select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball's college-aged competitions, which include the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, the 2014 and 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championships, the 2013 and 2015 World University Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.
Men's and Women's Developmental Committees
The USA Basketball Women's Development National Team Committee is chaired by Carol Callan (Women's National Team Director, USA Basketball) in a non-voting position and includes NFHS appointees Jody Patrick (Flint Hill School, Va.) and Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Texas.); AAU appointees Bill Larson (North Tartan Basketball AAU, Min.) and Sherri Pegues (GBL Cal Sparks AAU, Calif.); and athlete representative Yolanda Griffith, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist who has played on five USA Basketball teams.
The Men's and Women's Developmental National Team committees will select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball teams competing in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championships; and the 2014 and 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships. The Men's Developmental National Team Committee also selects staff and players for the annual Nike Hoop Summit.
Women's National Team Steering Committee
The role of the Women's National Team Steering Committee is to review basketball matters related to the participation of the Women's National Team in the FIBA 2014 World Championship and the 2016 Olympics. The USA Basketball Women's National Team automatically qualified for the 2014 World Championship with its gold medal finish in the 2012 Olympics. The USA women will have three opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, including a World Championship gold medal finish. Should the USA not finish with the gold medal in 2014, it would have two additional chances to qualify for the Olympics: the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship and the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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.