Kathy Richey-Walton Named Head Coach Of 2010 USA Basketball Women's Youth Olympic Games Team
June 3, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kathy Richey-Walton, head coach at Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Ga., today was named head mentor for the 2010 USA Basketball Women's Youth Olympic Games Team. The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games will feature a 3-on-3 basketball competition August 14-26 in Singapore that includes 20 nations, organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA (International Basketball Federation).
In 2005, Richey-Walton led her first USA Basketball team to a silver medal as head coach of the USA White Team in the USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival. In eight seasons at the helm of the Southwest Dekalb Panthers (2002-03 to present), Richey-Walton has tallied a 182-53 overall record (.774 winning percentage) and won the past three Georgia Class 4A state titles.
'This is a wonderful opportunity to coach some of the most talented young basketball players in the country and to be a part of the developmental process for USA Basketball,' Richey-Walton said. 'I'm excited to have some additional exposure to the international game and to be a part of the best our country has to offer in girl's basketball.'
The four-member 2010 USA Women's Youth Olympic Games Team will be selected following the USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship/Youth Olympic Games Team Trials, June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Players eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Dec. 31, 1994.
'I think our team will definitely have to be in tremendous shape,' Richey-Walton continued. 'A lot of conditioning and development of the fundamentals will help them in the three-on-three format, and playing together to get to know each other will make them a strong team.'
Athletes for the 2010 USA Women's Youth Olympic Games Team are selected by the USA Basketball Women's Developmental Committee, chaired in a non-voting position by Carol Callan, the USA Basketball Women's National Team Director. Richey-Walton's selection is pending approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors.
'Kathy is a tremendous fit for the 2010 USA Women's Youth Olympic Games Team,' Callan said. 'The Youth Olympic Games will require not only an experienced, knowledgeable coach for a 3-on-3 tournament, which Kathy certainly is, but she is also someone who can help this team understand what Olympic values and this competition are all about.'
The USA U17 World Championship/Youth Olympic Games Team trials roster features 10 players from the gold medal winning 2009 USA U16 National Team, including 2009 FIBA Americas U16 MVP Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and the USA's leading scorer Kaleena Lewis (Mater Dei H.S./Anaheim, Calif.); as well as gold medalists Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Irvine, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S./Matthews, N.C.); Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S./Clarksville, Tenn.); Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S./Clayton, Del.); Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.); Breanna Stewart (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./North Syracuse, N.Y.); Kiah Stokes (Linn Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa); and Alexyz Vaioletama (Mater Dei H.S./Fountain Valley, Calif.).
Rounding out the trials roster are: Ameryst Alston (McKinley H.S./Canton, Ohio); Danielle Ballard (Memphis Central H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Alyson Beebe (St. Joseph H.S./Santa Maria, Calif.); Kayla Brewer (Jean Ribault H.S./Jacksonville, Fla.); Briyona Canty (Trenton Catholic Academy/Willingboro, N.J.); Andraya Carter (Buford H.S./Flowery Branch, Ga.); Sidney Cook (Southmoore H.S./Moore, Okla.); Kaela Davis (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.); Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.); Alexa Gallagher (Germantown Academy/Elkins Park, Pa.); Taylor Greenfield (Ballard H.S./Huxley, Iowa); Isabelle Harrison (Hillsboro H.S./Nashville, Tenn.); Amber Henson (Sickles H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Rachel Hollivay (New Hope H.S./Columbus, Miss.); Malina Howard (Twinsburg H.S./Twinsburg, Ohio); Moriah Jefferson (Texas Home Educators Sports Association/Glenn Heights, Texas); Niya Johnson (PK Yonge Developmental Research School/Gainesville, Fla.); Alexis Jones (Irving MacArthur H.S./Irving, Texas); Jewell Loyd (Niles West H.S./Lincolnwood, Ill.); Xylina McDaniel (Spring Valley H.S./Blythewood, S.C.); Alexis Prince (Edgewater H.S./Maitland, Fla.); Tiffany Rice-Mitchell (Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.); Bonnie Samuelson (Edison H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.); Bria Smith (Christ the King H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); and Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.).
All sessions will be held at the training center's Sports Center II. The first session will take place June 8 at 5:30 p.m. (all times are MDT); followed by sessions on June 9 at 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.; and June 10 at 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. The 2010 USA Youth Olympic Games Team will be announced on the morning of June 11 and will remain in Colorado Springs for training through June 15.
The USA Women's Youth Olympic Games Team will reassemble on Aug. 5 at a site to be determined and train through Aug. 10 before departing for Singapore.
In addition to Callan, the USA Basketball Women's Developmental Committee includes: NFHS members Jill Meerman (Decatur Central High School, Ind.) and Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty High School, Calif.); AAU appointees Jody Patrick (Vogues AAU, Va.) and Brian Robinson (Stealers AAU, N.C.); as well as athlete representative Ruthie Bolton, a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
After coaching for more than 20 years at the college level, Richey-Walton accepted a coaching and teaching position in the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, and taught for two years at McNair Middle School before transferring to Southwest DeKalb in 2002.
Richey-Walton has collected numerous coaching awards, including the 2008 and 2010 Garland F. Pinholster High School Coach of the Year; 2009 Black Coaches and Administrators National High School Coach of the Year; 2009 Bobby Cremins State Coach of the Year; 2008, 2009 and 2010 DeKalb County Coach of the Year; and 2009 Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year.
Richey-Walton also coaches for the Georgia Metros AAU, where she has led the Metros 16-and-Under team to four national championships. Winning the 16-and-Under AAU Nationals and the 17-and-Under U.S. Junior Nationals in 2005, the Georgia Metros went on to repeat as the 17-and-Under U.S. Junior National champions and won the Nike National Championship in 2006. Players such as 2009-12 USA Women's National Team member Maya Moore (Connecticut), Kelley Cain (Tennessee), Ashley Houts (Georgia), Jordan Greenleaf (Auburn) and Janae Stokes (South Florida) were members of those teams.
Prior to the DeKalb County School System, Richey-Walton served as the talent coordinator for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for two years. In March 2006, she once again joined the WBCA, this time as the national chair for the WBCA Girl's High School Basketball Committee.
Before the WBCA, Richey-Walton was an instructor and coach at Spelman College, as well as athletic director and chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Richey-Walton was the first basketball and track and field coach for intercollegiate athletics at Spelman, a non-scholarship institution. The basketball team posted a 48-8 record against non-scholarship schools while concurrently competing primarily against NCAA Division II institutions.
Richey-Walton first garnered international experience when she trained the Nigerian Women's National Basketball Team in 1991. She also worked on several Olympic projects prior to the arrival of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1994, she served as the envoy for the Nigerian Olympic Team, and from August 1995 to August 1996 she was the assistant project director for The Olympic Woman: A Curriculum for Georgia Middle School Students. Finally, during the 1996 Olympic Games she volunteered as a training site manager for the basketball venues.
Richey-Walton's professional experiences also include six years at Slippery Rock University, where she taught while coaching the women's basketball team to appearances in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament five times, winning the PSAC Tournament in 1986. Included in her coaching career at 'The Rock' is the team's participation in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1985-86.
Before Slippery Rock, Richey-Walton was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa and helped direct that team to second place at the Intermountain Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (IAIAW) Division I Tournament in 1979. At the University of Wisconsin a few years later, she moved to the top assistant post and was instrumental in guiding the Wisconsin team to the quarter-round of the Division IAIAW Nationals in 1982.
Richey-Walton received her bachelor of science degree from Ashland College, and masters of arts degree from the University of Iowa.
Youth Olympic Games
Held every four years, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games women's 3-on-3 basketball competition is scheduled to be contested August 15-23 in Singapore. The tournament includes a four-person team from the USA, Angola, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Korea, Mali, Russia, Singapore, Republic of Vanuata and one team to be announced.
The Singapore Youth Olympic Games are expected to include as many as 5,000 athletes and officials participating from 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers and more than 500,000 spectators. Athletes 14 to 18 years old are eligible to compete in 26 sports and take part in a culture and education program.