Seth Goodman Of Monroe College And Kris Huffman Of DePauw Named Court Coaches For 2008 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials
ï¿½ 2008 Women's U18 National Team Trials To Be Held June 9-12 In Colorado Springs ï¿½
June 2, 2008 ï¿½ Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Basketball today announced it has selected Seth Goodman of Monroe College (N.Y.) and Kris Huffman of DePauw University (Ind.) to serve as court coaches during the 2008 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, June 9-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
'This is definitely the thrill of my coaching career,' Goodman said. 'I hope my knowledge and experience helps these girls, and the entire program, improve. It will be an incredible chance to work with world class athletes, some incredible coaches and the premiere basketball organization in the world in USA Basketball.'
'It's an honor to be selected by USA Basketball as a trials court coach,' Huffman said. 'I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with the other coaches as well as the athletes. I really enjoy working with young people, and I view this is as a chance to give something back to the game of basketball.'
The U18 trials will feature 35 U.S. hopefuls, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, competing for one of 12 roster spots on the 2008 USA Women's U18 National Team. Following trials, the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee is expected to announce the 12-member roster, and the team will return to Colorado Springs for a July 10-20 training camp. The team will train at the USOTC from July 10-16 and in Washington, D.C., July 17-20. The 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women will be played July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tabbed as head coach of the 2008 U18 National Team was Northern Illinois University's Carol Owens, who owns two gold medals as a USA Basketball assistant coach, with Joe McKeown of George Washington University and Terri Mitchell of Marquette University serving as assistant coaches.
Twenty-seven of the 2008 trials invitees also played in the 2007 USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival, including Heather Buck (Stonington H.S. / Stonington, Conn.), who set an all-time Festival high for field goal percentage (.611 percent, 11-18 FGs); Monique Oliver (Long Beach Poly H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.), who set an all-time mark for free throws made (27); and Nikki Speed (Marlborough H.S. / Pasadena, Calif.), who established the all-time high for assists (27).
Also returning from the 2007 Festival are: Kelsey Bone (Dulles H.S. / Stafford, Texas); Sarah Boothe (Warren Township H.S. / Gurnee, Ill.); Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa H.S. / Sapulpa, Okla.); Ashley Corral (Prairie H.S. / Vancouver, Wash.); Skylar Diggins (Washington H.S. / South Bend, Ind.); Jasmine Dixon (Long Beach Poly H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.); Ayana Dunning (Eastmoor Academy / Columbus, Ohio); Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian / Plainfield, Ind.); Ashley Gayle (Bishop Gorman H.S. / Las Vegas, Nev.); Briana Gilbreath (Cinco Ranch H.S. / Katy, Texas); Amber Gray (Lakota West H.S. / Cincinnati, Ohio); Emilee Harmon (Pickerington Central H.S. / Pickerington, Ohio); Tayler Hill (South H.S. / Minneapolis, Minn.); Lynetta Kizer (Potomac H.S. / Woodbridge, Va.); Alicia Manning (Etowah H.S. / Woodstock, Ga.); Casey Morris (Piedmont H.S. / Fairfield, Calif.); Nneka Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S. / Cypress, Texas); Samantha Prahalis (Commack H.S. / Dix Hills, N.Y.); Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (T.C. Williams H.S. / Alexandria, Va.); Shay Selby (Regina H.S. / Geneva, Ohio); Chay Shegog (Brooke Point H.S. / Stafford, Va.); DeNesha Stallworth (Pinole Valley H.S. / Pinole, Calif.); Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton H.S. / Morrilton, Ark.); and Taylor Turnbow (Stephenson H.S. / Stone Mountain, Ga.).
Rounding out the trials roster are USA Basketball newcomers: Yvonne Anderson (Columbia Hickman H.S. / Columbia, Mo.); Shenise Johnson (Rush-Henrietta H.S. / Henrietta, N.Y.); Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S. / Cypress, Texas); Cokie Reed (Midway H.S. / Waco, Texas); Shenneika Smith (St. Michael Academy / Brooklyn, N.Y.); April Sykes (East Oktibbeha County H.S. / Crawford, Miss.); Joslyn Tinkle (Big Sky H.S. / Missoula, Mont.); and Markel Walker (Schenley H.S. / Philadelphia, Pa.).
Goodman enters his selection as a USA Basketball trials court coach on the heels of a 31-2 season in 2007-08 that saw his Lady Mustangs capture the 2008 NJCAA National Championship. While Goodman earned NJCAA Division III Coach of the Tournament honors, Monroe also won its NJCAA record 46th consecutive home game and finished the season with its conference win streak intact at 103 victories.
Head coach at Monroe for seven seasons (2001-02 to present) Goodman has compiled an impressive 190-35 overall record (.844 winning percentage), leading his teams to postseason play in all but his first two campaigns.
The national title was Goodman's second in three years, having also won the NJCAA Championship in 2006 following a perfect 36-0 season.
He has led the Lady Mustangs to the NJCAA Region XV title the past five years (2004-2008), while also reaching five consecutive NJCAA national tournaments.
Goodman was honored as Region XV Coach of the Year after tallying a 33-2 record and reaching the NJCAA championship game in 2005, and again in 2007, following a NJCAA national semifinal appearance and 33-3 campaign.
Prior to Monroe, Goodman was an assistant coach at the College of Mt. St. Vincent (N.Y.) for the 2000-01 season.
Goodman graduated from Adelphi University (N.Y.) where he played lacrosse for two seasons, capturing a national title in 1995 and reaching the title game in 1996. In addition to his current coaching duties, Goodman serves as a counselor in the Monroe College Department of Admissions.
The all-time winningest coach in DePauw women's basketball history, Huffman takes on her selection as a USA Basketball trials court coach following a 28-4 season that saw DePauw reach the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals for a third consecutive year.
Overall, Huffman has completed 15 seasons at DePauw (1993-94 to present), compiling a 332-86 record. Among all-time coaches with at least 10 years of Division III head coaching experience, Huffman's .794 winning percentage ranks ninth.
Under Huffman's guidance, the Tigers have reached nine NCAA Division III Tournaments, including five consecutive trips since 2004. Perhaps her most notable season came in 2006-07, when the Tigers captured the NCAA Division III national championship and a program record for wins with a 31-3 tally.
The 2002 Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, Huffman also has been honored as the district coach of the year four times (1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006) and the conference coach of the year eight times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006-2008).
Prior to DePauw, Huffman served as an assistant coach at Wartburg College (Iowa) for four seasons (1989-90 to 1992-93), where she helped the program to four straight appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Following a state championship as a high school senior, Huffman was named Iowa's Miss Basketball. She played four varsity seasons at the University of Northern Iowa and finished her playing career as the second all-time leading scorer in school history. Her 1,294 points still list fourth on the all-time scorers list.
An Iowa Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Huffman not only recorded the only triple-double in UNI women's basketball history (12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Eastern Illinois on January 31, 1986), she remains the career 3-point percentage holder (.483 percent) and ranks fourth among career assists leaders (322).
Along with her coaching responsibilities at DePauw, Huffman is a part-time instructor in the kinesiology department.
2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
The FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean from July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The top four finishing teams qualify for the 2009 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship, which will be held July 23-Aug. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
In the preliminary round, the eight participating teams will be divided into two groups of four teams each. After playing the three other teams in the preliminary round, the top two finishing teams from each group will advance to the medal round semifinals, while the third and fourth place finishing teams will meet in the consolation round semifinals. The gold medal, bronze medal, 5th/6th place and 7th/8th place games will be played on July 27.
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the event had been held every four years since 1988. FIBA changed its calendar, however, and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 28-2 overall record in U18/Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2006, while capturing silver in 1992 and 1996.