Tuesday February 4, 2014Billy Donovan Named Head Coach of 2014 USA Basketball U18 National Team
Florida head coach Billy Donovan has been tabbed to lead the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, USA Basketball announced on Tuesday. He returns to the sideline after leading the USA to gold medals each of the past two years, going a combined 14-0.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again this summer,” Donovan said. “I’ve said it before, but anytime you are chosen to represent your country, that is really something special. USA Basketball is an outstanding organization, and I’m looking forward to another challenge at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.”
In his first two campaigns as a USA head coach, Donovan led the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which qualified the USA for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, where he led the USA to a 9-0 record and another gold medal. For his outstanding performance Donovan was named the 2013 USA Basketball co-National Coach of the Year, and his U19 squad was named the 2013 USA Basketball Team of the Year.
Donovan will be joined on staff by Arizona head coach Sean Miller and Providence College head coach Ed Cooley, who will serve as Donovan’s assistant coaches. While both assistant coaches will be aiding on a USA Basketball U18 national team for the first time, they each have served as court coaches during training camps.
“I have a lot of respect for Sean Miller and Ed Cooley, and I’m really looking forward to coaching with them,” Donovan added. “I look at this as a collaborative effort between all of us, and I know it will be a great experience working alongside both men.”
“Coach Donovan is not only one of the great college basketball coaches but he has proven to be successful with USA Basketball as well,” said Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting the USA men’s U18 coaching staff. “Coach Cooley and Coach Miller give us a staff of great teachers and great coaches. The U18 team will be well prepared for international competition.”
While the location and dates for the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship are still to be announced, the competition will feature a U18 national team from eight countries throughout the FIBA Americas zone, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and the USA. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men.
USA Basketball will conduct a training camp June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which will be used to determine the 12-player roster. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington), as well as an athlete representative to be determined.
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