Oldaker Named U.S. Youth Olympic Women's Coach
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mt. Lebanon High School (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) head girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker has been selected head coach of the U.S. 3x3 women’s basketball team that will compete at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
“I am extremely honored to be named head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Women's Basketball Team,” Oldaker said. “This is an exciting opportunity that I take very seriously, but I also look forward to enjoying the journey as well. I hope that I am able to help these athletes grow as players and as leaders on and off the court. Our goal will to be improve each day and win the gold.”
The basketball competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a 3x3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The basketball competition is expected to include 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams, as well as a dunk contest for men and a shootout for women. Each team will be comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.
As the U.S. basketball coach for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Oldaker will guide the USA’s Aug. 11-13 training camp prior to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and she will travel to Nanjing, China, for the Aug. 16-28 event, however, 3x3 rules do not allow coaches to be on the sidelines during games.
Also tabbed as a court coach for the recent 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials, Oldaker has two additional experiences as a USA Basketball court coach, including the 2012 USA Women’s U17 and U18 National Team trials and at the 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.
In 15 seasons (1998-present) as a high school head coach, she owns a 360-75 career record (.828 winning percentage), and she has collected four Pennsylvania 4A state titles (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and two 3A state titles (1999, 2000).
As the girls basketball head coach at Mt. Lebanon for the past 11 seasons (2003-04 to present), Oldaker has compiled a 255-57 overall record (.817 winning percentage) at the school.
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 (.854 winning percentage) and capturing consecutive WPIAL and Pennsylvania Class 3A state titles in 1999 and 2000.
Five times Oldaker has been named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009 and 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 inaugural Youth Olympic Games were held in 2010, and the event is scheduled for every four years (2014, 2018, etc.).
The 2010 U.S. women's team, which featured Briyona Canty, Andraya Carter, Amber Henson and Kiah Stokes, finished with a 6-1 record and in possession of the bronze medal after defeating Canada in its final game. The 2010 USA men's team, which featured K.C. Caudill, Angelo Chol, Sterling Gibbs and Brandan Kearney, finished with a 5-2 record and in fourth place after falling to Greece in the bronze medal game.
All team nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.