Four Court Coaches Selected For USA Basketball’s Women's U17 And U18 National Team Trials
Colorado Springs • May 15, 2012
- 2012 USA Women's U17 National Team Trials Schedule
- 2012 USA Women's U17 National Team Trials Roster
- 2012 USA Women's U18 National Team Trials Schedule
- 2012 USA Women's U18 National Team Trials Roster
High school head coaches Ruby Allen (Greensville County H.S. Emporia, Va.), Terri Bamford (La Jolla Country Day School La Jolla, Calif.), Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S. Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Vanessa Watson (Malcolm X. Shabazz H.S. Newark, N.J.) today were announced as court coaches for the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials, which will take place May 17-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee and the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
The four court coaches will assist the U17 and U18 staffs as 60 athletes participate in the two trials, which will be used to determine the 12-member rosters for each team.
All trials sessions will be held at the USOTC Sports Center II. 34 athletes will attend the U17 trials, which begin on May 17 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. (MDT); followed by sessions on May 18 at 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m.; and May 19 at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The 2012 USA Women’s U17 FIBA World Championship Team is expected to be announced on the morning of May 20 before all players depart for home.
The U18 trials will have 26 participants and begin on May 19 with the first session at 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the second session at 3:45-6:00 p.m. Trials continue on May 20 with sessions at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. before a final session on May 21 at 8:30-10:30 a.m. It is anticipated that the 2012 USA Women’s U18 FIBA Americas Championship Team will be announced on May 21 at 11:00 a.m., following the last session.
Both the U17 and U18 National Teams will reconvene for training camp May 28 – June 1 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The U17 squad will return to the USOTC for its final camp from Aug. 1-7, before traveling to Europe. The team will play an exhibition tournament in Italy and then compete in the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship from Aug. 17-26 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The U18 squad will conduct its final training camp at the USOTC from Aug. 4-12, prior to traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship held Aug. 15-19. The top three teams at the competition will secure berths in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
Four-time USA Basketball gold medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member, Jill Rankin Schneider of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, has been selected to lead the U17 team, with assistant coaches Gail Hook, head mentor at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo., and Letitia Hughley, head coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich. The trio led the USA to a gold-medal finish at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship to qualify for the U17 Worlds.
University of Miami head coach Katie Meier will serve as head coach of the U18 team, while head coaches Nikki Caldwell of Louisiana State University and Kelly Graves of Gonzaga University will serve as assistants.
In addition to Carol Callan (Women’s National Team Director, USA Basketball), the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee includes AAU appointees Jody Patrick and Brian Robinson, National Federation of High School representatives Jill Meerman and Sue Phillips and athlete representative Ruthie Bolton (two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of 11 USA Basketball teams from 1986 through 2000).
The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee is chaired by Sue Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, and also includes NCAA appointees Joanne Boyle (University of Virginia), Coquese Washington (Penn State University) and Connie Yori (University of Nebraska). The athlete representative is current University of Notre Dame associate coach Beth Cunningham (1999 USA Pan American Games Team member).
After 20 seasons (1991-2011) as the head coach of Greensville County High School in Emporia, Va., Allen retired as head coach before the 2011-12 season, and will work with USA Basketball for the first time as a court coach at the 2012 USA Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials.
“I feel this is a great honor to be chosen as one of the coaches of USA Basketball trials,” said Allen. “I have always strived to make a difference in the lives of my players and my community.
“I try to live by an old gospel song that says, ‘If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living shall not be in vain.’ Working with these young ladies gives me that opportunity.”
In her 20 seasons as Greensville County’s head coach, Allen was named Southside District Coach of the Year nine times and Class AA Region I Coach of the Year seven times. In 2009-10, Allen was named Virginia High School League (VHSL) AA-Division 3 Coach of the Year as she led the Lady Eagles to a 27-1 record in which their only loss came in the VHSL AA-Division 3 state title game.
Though no longer on Greensville County’s sideline, Allen remains the school’s athletic director, a position she has held since 2005. She has taught at the school since 1990 and in the Greensville County Public Schools system since 1984. From 1990-2002, Allen also served as the school’s softball coach, twice earning district coach of the year honors.
A graduate of Saint Augustine’s College, Allen played basketball for the Falcons from 1977-80 and was inducted into Saint Augustine’s Hall of Fame in 2000. A three-time All- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) selection, Allen averaged at least 17.1 rebounds per game in each of her three seasons.
In the 1977-78 season, Saint Augustine’s won the CIAA championship as Allen was named a National Black Association for Women’s Sports All-American and an All-North Carolina Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women first team selection. For that season, Allen averaged 12.4 points, 17.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game as a freshman.
In all three of her seasons with the Falcons she was chosen as her team’s Most Valuable Player, and in 1998 she was presented the North Carolina Amateur Sports Award.
Born in Potecasi, N.C., Allen played four years of basketball at Northampton County High School-East in Conway, N.C. before attending Saint Augustine’s.
A three-time state champion as head coach at La Jolla Country Day, Bamford takes on her first experience with USA Basketball as a court coach for the 2012 USA Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials.
“I feel incredibly blessed and honored to be selected as a court coach for the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials,” said Bamford. “In 2004, I attended the USA Basketball trials with Candice Wiggins as a spectator, and it was an incredible experience. To be asked to return now as a floor coach and have the privilege of working with elite coaches like Katie Meier, Nikki Caldwell and Kelly Graves is an unbelievable opportunity.
“I am truly humbled and I am greatly looking forward to working with this amazing group of players and coaches.”
Bamford coached Wiggins at Country Day, winning California Division V state titles with Wiggins on the squad in 2000-01 and 2001-02. In 2011-12, Bamford won her third state championship as the Torreys went 32-1 to win the California Division IV state title and end the season ranked No. 7 in the nation in the final USA Today Super 25 poll of 2012.
Since taking over at Country Day in 1999, her squads have posted a record of 361-87 (.806 winning percentage) and appeared in six state championship games in her 13 seasons at the helm. During her tenure, the Torreys have won 11 San Diego Section California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) titles, 11 Coastal League titles and have appeared in ten Southern Regional championship games with six wins.
Twice Bamford has been named the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Girls State Coach of the Year (2001 and 2012). For the 2011-12 season, she also was selected as the California Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and in 2011 was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) District Coach of the Year. In both 2003 and 2007, she earned The San Diego Union-Tribune Coach of the Year honors and was the Breibart Hall of Champions Coach of the Year in 2002.
In 2011, Bamford was selected to coach the WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike.
Country Day has had 21 players go on to play basketball at the Division I level and 24 players earn All-League and All-CIF honors under Bamford’s direction, including four San Diego Section Players of the Year.
Before taking over at La Jolla Country Day, Bamford served as the head coach of her alma mater San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif. (1988-97), and prior to that was head coach at MiraCosta College (1988-90) and Palomar College (1984-86). In 1990, at San Pasqual, Bamford led the Eagles to an undefeated Avocado League title and a runner-up finish in the CIF San Diego Section. At MiraCosta College, Bamford won back-to-back Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) titles in 1989 and 1990. She also won a PCAC title with Palomar College, leading the Comets to their first conference championship after inheriting a program that went 0-25 prior to her arrival.
Overall, Bamford’s career record as a high school head coach is 455-173 (.725 winning percentage) and 73-31 (.702 winning percentage) as a college head coach.
A 1983 graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Bamford played basketball for the Lady Anteaters from 1979-82. She was also an assistant at UC Irvine for the 1983-84 season. As a player at San Pasqual, she earned four letters in both basketball and volleyball, averaging 16.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. She was inducted into the San Pasqual High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
Bamford also heads the Waves Basketball Club which she founded in 1999. The Waves have nine teams ranging from fifth grade through high school, and Bamford coaches the Wiggins Waves, the club’s 17U Elite team.
The head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the past nine seasons (2003-04 to present), Oldaker returns to USA Basketball as a court coach for the 2012 USA Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials after working in the same position for the 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.
She has compiled a 215-46 overall record (.824 winning percentage) at Mt. Lebanon, and in a total of 13 seasons (1998-present) as a high school head coach, owns a 320-64 career record (.833 winning percentage).
“To say that I am thrilled is an understatement,” Oldaker said. “This is a tremendous honor for me to be invited back. I am extremely excited to work with the best staff, best coaches and talented athletes from all over the country.
“I am looking forward to another outstanding week of USA Basketball. I can’t wait to get to Colorado Springs and get started.”
After leading her team to a 25-6 record and a third consecutive Pennsylvania Class 4A state title in 2010-11, Oldaker coached the Blue Devils to a District 7 championship in 2011-12 as the squad reached the elite eight of the state tournament.
She led Mt. Lebanon to a 25-6 record and the 4A state championship in 2009-10, and in 2008-09, Mt. Lebanon collected a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championship, a 4A state title, a 29-2 record and a No. 7 rank in the final USA Today Super 25.
Mt. Lebanon finished with a perfect 31-0 record in 2007-08, capturing league and state titles. Additionally, the school was the state runner-up in 2006-07 with a 28-4 mark, and the league runner-up with a 27-3 record in 2004-05.
Before taking over at Mt. Lebanon, Oldaker was the varsity girls coach at her alma mater, Blackhawk High School (Pa.), for four seasons (1998-99 through 2001-02), compiling a 105-18 overall mark and capturing consecutive WPIAL and Pennsylvania Class 3A state titles in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
She also compiled a 136-14 overall record in seven seasons (1992-93 through 1998-99) as a head coach at Blackhawk Junior High School (Pa.).
Five times Oldaker has been named The Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010). In 2005, she was honored as the Johnny Unitas Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and as the Class 4A WPIAL Coach of the Year and in 2001 she was tabbed as the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year.
Oldaker was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Western Pennsylvania Girls’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
As a basketball player at Blackhawk High School, she earned Beaver County Co-Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1986.
She graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
The head coach of her alma mater, Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J., for the past 28 seasons (1984-85 to present), Watson will be working with USA Basketball for the first time as a court coach for the 2012 USA Women’s U17 and U18 National Team Trials.
“When asked to work the USA Basketball Trials, I had a shocking feeling come over me,” Watson said. “An opportunity such as this is something that you often wish for but never think it would happen.
“This opportunity means everything to my coaching career as a high school coach. I feel as though the success of my coaching career has hit an all-time high. Thank you, USA Basketball.”
In 2011-12, she led Shabazz to a 30-2 record to capture their fifth straight New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) group state title and eighth since 2002. The Bulldogs outscored opponents by an average of 27.1 points per game this past season as they finished ranked No. 21 in the nation in the final USA Today Super 25.
Overall, Watson has gone 654-109 (.857 winning percentage) in her 28 years at the helm, winning a total of nine state championships and four NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crowns.
Under Watson, Shabazz also has won 14 state sectional championships, 15 Essex County championships including 10 in the last 11 seasons, and 14 conference championships.
Inducted in the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and New Jersey State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003, Watson also has received the NJSIAA Basketball Coach Award of Honor (2005), Northeast Regional Coach of the Year (2004), The Star-Ledger Coach of the Year (2004), Tri-State Coach of the Year (2003, 2004), and New Jersey State Coach of the Year (2003).
Other events she has coached include the 2012 Nike Skills Academy, the 2006 WBCA High School All-America Game and the North in the 2006 New Jersey State All-Star Game.
Watson, a 1976 graduate of Shabazz, was an all-city first team and all-conference performer in high school. Collegiately, she played point guard at Virginia State University and was part of the first squad in school history to win the CIAA championship. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State in 1980, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix in 2007.
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