2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

PLAYER REACTION: Geno Auriemma Returns As Head Coach Of The USA Basketball Women’s National Team

Sept. 6, 2013

Sue Bird

SUE BIRD (Seattle Storm)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympic Games, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2004 Olympics, 2002 World Championship, 2002 Opals World Challenge, 2000 R. William Jones Cup.

"I am excited to hear that Coach Auriemma will again be our national team coach. As a player I've learned a lot from him and it would be a privilege to be on his team once more. He now knows what it takes to win gold medals and that experience on an ever improving world stage is invaluable."

Tin Charles

TINA CHARLES (Connecticut Sun)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2009 World University Games, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

"Coach Auriemma is a great coach and he is able to get the most out of players. Every player that has ever played for him takes something away that they can add to their game and life."

Angel McCoughtry

ANGEL McCOUGHTRY (Atlanta Dream)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2007 Pan American Games.

"Playing for Geno has taught me how to take my game to the next level. I’m a different player when I’m playing for him. He is definitely one of the best coaches with one of the best systems I have ever seen in my life."

Maya Moore

MAYA MOORE (Minnesota Lynx)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2007 Pan American Games.

“Playing for Coach Auriemma challenges and excites me as a competitor. I love his passion and personality as a coach. He loves his players, loves the game and I am thrilled to have another chance to play for him representing our country. I have a tremendous respect for how he prepares his teams and I'm always confident when our team competes.”

Diana Taurasi

DIANA TAURASI (Phoenix Mercury)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2008 Olympics, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2004 Olympic Games, 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.

“To have another opportunity to play for coach is truly an honor. Our pursuit of another world championship and gold medal is top on his list and we will be fully prepared. It's nice that he would sacrifice his golf game for the good of the country.”

Lindsay Whalen

LINDSAY WHALEN (Minnesota Lynx)
Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament (U20).

“I feel like I got better as a player and learned a lot from coach Auriemma during my time on the last USA National Team. One of those things I learned is that you have to come into each game prepared to help the team in whatever way possible. Whether it was playing tough defense, making an assist or taking the shot when you are open you had to come in and do your job and any given night that might be something different to help the team reach our ultimate goal. Winning gold in the FIBA World Championship and the London Olympics are two of the best memories I will ever have from playing basketball.”