Buzz Williams Named Court Coach For USA Basketball U19 Team Training Camp
May 13, 2013
release courtesy USA Basketball
Successful collegiate head coaches Ed Cooley of Providence College, Tim Ryan from the College of Central Florida (NJCAA) and Buzz Williams of Marquette University today were announced as court coaches for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp. The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team committee made the coaching selections.
The three court coaches will assist the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team coaching staff during the June 14-19 training camp.
The USA at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be played June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic, will be led by the University of Florida’s Billy Donovan and assistant coaches Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University and Gonzaga University’s Mark Few.
Training camp for the 2013 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Approximately 25 elite U19 players are expected to attend the training camp which will be utilized to select the USA’s 12-member team. 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.
The training camp will begin on June 14 with the first session scheduled at 5:00-7:30 p.m. (all times listed are MDT). Training continues with practices from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. on June 15 and 8:30-11:00 a.m. on June 16. The court coaches will depart for home on June 16, when finalists for the USA U19 Team are expected to be announced by the USA Men’s Junior National Team Committee.
In his second season as head mentor at Providence, Cooley led the Friars to a 19-15 record and the NIT quarterfinals. Head coach at Fairfield University for five seasons (2006-2011), Cooley was selected the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Coach of the Year after leading Fairfield to a 25-8 overall record and the NIT second round.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be invited to participate in the USA Basketball training camp for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship,” Cooley said. “USA Basketball has so much tradition and history. It exemplifies the very best in basketball, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff.”
Completing in 2012-13 his fifth season as head coach at Marquette, Williams has compiled a stellar 122–54 (.693 winning percentage) overall record. Over the past three seasons he has led Marquette to a pair of NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Elite Eight. Leading Marquette to a 26-9 overall record and capturing a share of the 2012-13 Big East Conference regular season championship, Williams’ Golden Eagles defeated Davidson College, Butler University and ACC regular season and tournament champion University of Miami before falling to Syracuse University in the NCAA Tournament East Regional final.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the program while coaching with USA Basketball this summer,” Williams said. “I am really looking forward to serving as a court coach, while at the same time working with some of not only the top players in the country, but some of the best coaches as well.”
Ryan will enter the USA Basketball U19 training camp riding high after claiming the 2013 NJCAA National Championship and being named the NJCAA Division I Coach of the Year. Leading the Central Florida Patriots to a 34-3 record in 2012-13, in 10 years (2003-present) at the College of Central Florida he owns an impressive 232-94 (.712 winning percentage) overall record and has won six conference titles, a state title and a national title.
“Since winning our national championship this year I have been blessed and received many awards,” Ryan said. “Being asked to work as a court coach for USA Basketball has been the most gratifying of them all. The opportunity to work with the top players and coaches from our country is as rewarding as it gets. This is truly one of the highlights of my career.”
In addition to chair and NCAA representative Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse), the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (head coach, Davidson), Matt Painter (head coach, Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a 2011 USA Pan American Games and 2004 USA U20 National Team member.
FIBA U19 World Championship
The FIBA U19 World Championship features some of the world’s best, young talent, and six different countries have claimed a gold medal in the past six U19 World Championships.
FIBA conducted the draw to determine the four preliminary round pools on Jan. 15, and the U.S. was placed in Group D with China (FIBA Asia gold), Ivory Coast (FIBA Africa silver) and Russia (FIBA Europe fourth place). Drawn into Group A for the June 27-29 preliminary round were Canada (FIBA Americas bronze), Croatia (FIBA Europe gold), South Korea (FIBA Asia silver) and Spain (FIBA Europe fifth place); Group B includes Argentina (FIBA Americas fourth place), host Czech Republic, Iran (FIBA Asia bronze) and Lithuania (FIBA Europe silver); while Group C is comprised of Australia (FIBA Oceania gold), Brazil (FIBA Americas silver), Senegal (FIBA Africa gold) and Serbia (FIBA Europe bronze).
The top three finishing teams from each first-round group advance to the second round that will be played July 1-3, where the 12 teams will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with preliminary-round results carrying over to the second-round standings. Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The quarterfinals will be held on July 5, semifinals are slated for July 6 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 7. Game times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years between 1979-2007. FIBA now conducts the U19 World Championship every two years. USA men's teams are 69-13 in the U19/Junior World Championships and have won four gold and three silver medals, most recently finishing with a 7-2 record and in fifth place in 2011.
USA U19 World Championship Team players of note include: Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Michael Beasley (2007); Dee Brown (2003); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Stephen Curry (2007); Seth Curry (2009); Paul Davis (2003); Eric Floyd (1979); Jonny Flynn (2007); Gordon Hayward (2009); Larry Johnson (1987); Jeremy Lamb (2011); Stephon Marbury (1995); Doug McDermott (2011); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); Wesley Person (1991); J.J. Redick (2003); Bobby Simmons (1999); Scott Skiles (1983); Klay Thompson (2009); Deron Williams (2003); and James Worthy (1979).
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 competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including the USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships, USA Basketball trials and USA teams.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. 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 Championships. USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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