Jennifer Rizzotti To Serve as Advance Scout / Court Coach For 2014 USA Women’s World Championship Team
Three-time America East Coach of the Year Jennifer Rizzotti will rejoin USA Basketball this fall to serve as an advance scout and court coach for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in the FIBA World Championship, USA Basketball today announced. Rizzotti, who served as a court coach last October at the USA National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, was named the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the U19 World Championship Team to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship.
The USA begins training for the FIBA World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 8 in Annapolis, Maryland.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to work with the collection of world-class players and coaches chosen to represent the United States at this year’s (FIBA) World Championship. I’m excited to have a chance to learn from the best and I appreciate USA Basketball asking me to fulfill this role,” said Rizzotti.
This opportunity will also reunite Rizzotti with Geno Auriemma, head coach of the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team. Rizzotti played for Auriemma at UConn, leading the Huskies to a national championship in 1995.
“I am thrilled that Jennifer is going to be involved with USA Basketball,” said Auriemma. “I think she is one of the best and brightest young coaches in the country. Her experience, both playing and winning gold medals with USA Basketball as a coach, makes her the perfect addition to our staff. I know the players are going to learn an awful lot from Jen because, at heart, she is a great teacher of the game. She is going to help me tremendously during this World Championship run.”
Previously, Rizzotti was head coach of the 2011 U19 gold medal winning team and the 2010 USA U18 National Team that finished with a perfect 5-0 record, captured the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship and earned the U.S. a berth in the 2011 FIBA U19 Worlds. In her first USA Basketball coaching stint, Rizzotti was an assistant coach for the 2006 USA U18 National Team that collected gold with a 4-0 slate at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and earned a qualifying spot in the 2007 U19 World Championship.
Rizzotti’s USA Basketball resume extends to her playing days. She was a gold medalist on the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup Team and a 1995 USA Women’s National Team Trials participant.
Rizzotti will join the USA National Team on Sept. 8 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis as the USA begins preparations in defense of its FIBA World Championship title.
Athletes invited to participate in the USA training camp in hopes of being named to the 2014 USA World Championship Team include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Bria Hartley (Washington Mystics), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx).
Athletes listed above who are not participating in the WNBA Finals will train Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. WNBA teams still in the hunt for this season’s championship include the Chicago Sky and the East and Phoenix Mercury in the West.
On Sept. 9, the USA National Team will have a chance to watch the USNA Midshipmen gather into their noon meal formation outside of Bancroft Hall and proceed in formation to King Hall. The U.S. squad will then spend time visiting while eating lunch with the Midshipmen at King Hall.
Later in the day the USA National Team will split up to conduct two USA Basketball Youth Development Clinics at 5 p.m. (EDT), both of which will offer instruction on skills and fundamentals to local youths. Half of the USA Women’s National Team, along with half of the U.S. Naval Academy’s women’s basketball team, will participate in a clinic at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County with approximately 75-100 children, while each team’s remaining players and coaches will take part in a clinic for approximately 30 children of U.S. Navy personnel in partnership with the Moral, Welfare and Recreation Department.
The USA team will compete in a pair of exhibition contests during its domestic training. The first game is the USA Basketball National Team Showcase, a Red versus White intra-squad game scheduled for Sept. 11 (7 p.m. EDT) at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
Traveling up the coast, the USA will train Sept. 14 alongside 2013 FIBA Americas Championship silver medalist Canada in Bridgeport, Connecticut, prior to the two teams squaring off in a Sept. 15 exhibition contest (7 p.m. EDT) at Webster Bank Arena.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center box office, by calling 302-831-2257 or online via ticketmaster.com; while tickets for the USA-Canada contest can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via www.websterbankarena.com.
ESPN2 will televise both USA National Team exhibition games, and both games will also available on WatchESPN.
In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the USA squad will play four additional exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the World Championship.
Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20 and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.
From there, the Americans will head to Prague, Czech Republic, for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.
Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.
The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (FIBA Basketball World Cup for Men, FIBA World Championship for Women); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
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