Mossman Named as Court Coach for 2013 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship and World University Games Team Trials
April 29, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 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 fantastic honor to be chosen as a court coach for this summer's USA Basketball Trials and to be involved with USA Basketball," said Corkery, who in five seasons at the AU helm has piloted the Eagles to a 101-53 record (.656 winning percentage) and three postseason berths. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in the country and to help develop some of the best young athletes in our sport."
"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."
"I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be a part of the USA Basketball family," said Mossman, who guided Tulsa this year to its second NCAA berth in program history. "I am excited about working with coach Sherri Coale, coach Katie Meier, and their respective assistants, in putting together gold-medal caliber teams to represent the United States in the World University Games and the U19 World Championship. I also look forward to working with the best collegiate players in the country.
"I hope to bring great energy and passion to the staff and players during the trials sessions. The success of USA Basketball is unparalleled and I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to its continued success. I am really looking forward to the upcoming experience."
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 PanevėÂ?ys, 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.
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.
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