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2010 USA U17 Head Coach Barbara Nelson Named As Finalist For USOC Coaching Award

Feb. 9, 2011

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) unveiled the finalists for the 2011 USOC Coach of the Year awards today, and 2010 USA Basketball U17 World Championship Team head coach Barbara Nelson (Wingate University) was among the three finalists for the USOC's Developmental Coach of the Year.

From the three finalists for National Coach of the Year, Paralympic Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and the “Doc” Councilman Science Award, the recipients in each category will be announced during a dinner on Friday, June 24, as part of the 2011 National Coaching Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2010 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals.

Honored as the 2010 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year, Nelson turned in an impressive coaching performance for USA Basketball this past summer, leading the USA women to a gold medal and perfect 8-0 record in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship July 16-25 in France. On its way to the gold medal, the USA scored an average of 94.8 points per game and won its eight games by a whopping average of 37.4 points.

The red, white and blue dominated the tournament statistics, leading the 12-team field in 16 of 21 team statistical categories, including points scored (758), field goal percentage (.497), 3-point field goal percentage (.408), rebounding (53.0 rpg.), assists (18.9 apg.) and blocked shots (7.4 bpg.).

2010 USOC Finalists
National Coach of the Year
  Dave Jarrett, Nordic Combined Skiing
  Adam Krikorian, Water Polo
  Brian Shimer, Bobsled
Paralympic Coach of the Year
  Craig Griffin, Cycling
  James Gumbert, Wheelchair Rugby
  Ray Watkins, Skiing
Developmental Coach of the Year
  Bob Gunter, Diving
  Barbara Nelson, Basketball
  Michael Nyitray, Bowling
Volunteer Coach of the Year
  James Coombe, Archery
  David Farmer, Rugby
  Alex Mathew, Badminton
Doc Counsilman Science Award
  Nicholas Bohanan, Bowling
  Alberto Salazar, Track & Field
  Grant Schaffner, Skeleton
*Information on all finalists can be found HERE.

Additionally, in just her third year at the helm of the Wingate University Bulldogs, Nelson led her team to a 14-14 record in 2009-10.

Nelson helped USA Basketball qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship with a 5-0 record and gold-medal performance in the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City in 2009. She has been coaching basketball since 1986, including time at the high school and AAU levels.

The USOC Coach of the Year award was initiated in 1996. The program was developed using the philosophy that, to succeed in Olympic sport, athletes must strive for excellence almost from the moment they begin to compete. At every stage of their careers, coaches empower athletes to rise to the next competitive level of sport. If coaches do their job well, their athletes ultimately will receive the highest accolades for their achievements and become better human beings along the way. The USOC Coaching Committee developed the criteria for each Olympic sports organization to follow in selecting a Coach of the Year in both the elite and developmental categories. The volunteer category was added in 2003.

2011 National Coaching Conference

The 2011 National Coaching Conference will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 22-25, 2011. Coaches, coach educators and sport science professionals from around the country will gather at the Antlers Hilton hotel in downtown Colorado Springs to share information and ideas. The theme of the 2011 conference is “Educate, Collaborate, Celebrate.”

Hosted by the USOC, in association with the NCAA, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the annual conference focuses on enhancing coaching knowledge and disseminating the latest research, trends and innovations in order to develop beginner to elite athletes for optimum performance. USOC, National Governing Body, university and sport professionals will be presenting on topics based on the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and appropriate for all sports at all competitive levels.

USA Basketball

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 United States 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 basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

Since 2008, USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams have compiled a sterling 96-2 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, FIBA World Championships; U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships; and U18 and U16 FIBA Americas championships. USA Basketball 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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