Photos from the 2022 USA Women's World Cup Qualifying Team's 93-55 victory over Puerto Rico on Feb. 12, 2022.
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Jennifer Rizzotti has been a member of eight USA Basketball coaching staffs, including gold medals at the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Cups.
Jennifer Rizzotti first vaulted into the national spotlight as the starting point guard for the University of Connecticut’s first national championship team in 1995, which compiled a 35-0 record. During the run to the national title, Rizzotti was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. An All-American and the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1995 and 1996, she virtually swept the 1996 postseason awards as Big East Player of the Year, Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Wade Trophy winner.
As an athlete with USA Basketball, Jennifer Rizzotti (first row, center) was a member of the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup that earned the gold medal with a 9-0 slate.
Jennifer Rizzotti played eight seasons of professional basketball following her graduation from UConn in 1996. In addition to five seasons in the WNBA - two with the Houston Comets and three with the Cleveland Rockers - she competed for two-and-a-half seasons with the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League. In the ABL she was a two-time All-Star.
Jennifer Rizzotti (left) began coaching with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2006 USA U18 National Team that claimed gold. The USA staff also included head coach Doug Bruno (center) and assistant coach Carol Owens.
Jennifer Rizzotti was head coach of the USA Basketball team that won a gold medal with a 5-0 record at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Jennifer Rizzotti led the USA to an 8-1 record and gold medal at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup, which was her second-straight summer guiding a USA Basketball team to a top finish.
Jennifer Rizzotti was named the 2011 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after leading the USA to gold at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup in Puerto Montt, Chile.
Jennifer Rizzotti served as an advance scout/court coach for the gold-medal winning 2016 U.S. Olympic and 2014 USA World Cup teams, and she also was a court coach during USA National Team training camps from 2014-17.
Jennifer Rizzotti (right) served as an assistant coach to the 2018 USA World Cup Team that captured gold in Tenerife, Spain, and qualified the USA for the 2020 Olympics. She also was on hand for the USA’s 5-0 exhibition record in 2018. She is pictured here (from left to right) with fellow USA assistant coaches Dan Hughes and Cheryl Reeve and USA head coach Dawn Staley.
Jennifer Rizzotti (front, right) in 2019 was on the sideline as an assistant for the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team that captured the gold medal with a 6-0 mark in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jennifer Rizzotti (left) returned to the USA National Team sideline for one exhibition game in 2020, a 79-64 win against her alma mater University of Connecticut. She is pictured here with Breanna Stewart, a USA National Team member who also is a Huskie alumni.
Jennifer Rizzotti Through the Years
FIBA World Cup Gold Medal Game: USA 73, Australia 56 (9/30/18)