Dori Oldaker Named Head Coach Of 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team
- Dianne Lewis, Samantha Quigley Selected As USA Assistant Coaches -
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -- The 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team will be led by Dori Oldaker, head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania, with USA assistant coaches Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School in Virginia and Samantha Quigley, who is the head mentor at the University of St. Francis (NAIA).
The trio will lead the USA at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that will be played June 24-28 in Puebla, Mexico. The USA women will set their sights on a fourth-consecutive U16 gold medal, along with a berth into the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, which is awarded to the top four finishing teams.
“These three coaches have a lot of knowledge, experience and energy, and we feel they will be a great mix to lead the USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. “They all have been court coaches with our programs, and each one brings something different to the group. That will be a benefit to the players as they learn throughout the experience.”
Oldaker previously helped lead the USA to gold and a 13-0 record as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women’s 3x3 Basketball Team, and four times she has served as a USA Basketball court coach, including the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team Trials, the 2012 USA U17 and U18 National Team Trials and the 2011 USA U16 National Team Trials.
“I am extremely humbled and flattered to be named the head coach of the USA Women's U16 National Team,” Oldaker said. “I am very excited and take great pride in this opportunity to work with such amazing student-athletes. This truly is a dream come true. These players are the best of the best, and I plan on giving them my best effort as well.”
In 16 seasons (1998 to present) as a high school head coach, Oldaker owns a career record of 373-85 (through 2014-15), and she has collected four Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 4A state championships (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and two 3A state titles (1999, 2000).
As the girls basketball coach at Mt. Lebanon for the past 12 seasons (2003-04 to present), she owns a 268-67 record (through 2014-15), and in 2014-15, she led her team to a 13-10 mark and a second-place finish in PIAA’s Section 4.
“I want to thank USA Basketball for another opportunity to work with some of our most esteemed athletes and coaches,” Lewis said. “What an amazing honor. I am excited and grateful to take this journey with two wonderful coaches, coach Oldaker and coach Quigley.”
Lewis will serve in her second USA Basketball role after having been a court coach for the 2014 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials.
In 14 seasons (2001-02 to present) as the girls basketball coach at Edison, she has compiled a 292-65 record (through 2014-15). This past season in 2014-15, she led her team to a 27-2 mark, a Capitol Conference Title, a 5A Northern Region title and the 2015 Virginia 5A state semifinals.
“It certainly means a lot to be named as an assistant coach for a USA Women's National Team,” Quigley said. “Representing our country through a great game is something special, and I am certainly looking forward to it. USA Basketball has been something I have watched all of my life, and to be a part of it truly is a dream come true.”
Quigley, who served as a court coach at a USA Basketball regional skills-development camp in October of 2014 in Illinois, recently completed her third year as head coach at NAIA St. Francis. She led her team in 2014-15 to a 17-15 record and a 12-5 conference mark that tied for first in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division.
Quigley played basketball at DePaul University from 2006-07 through 2010-11, including a medical hardship in 2007-08 due to a torn ACL. She helped the Blue Demons to a 92-42 record during her time, and she was named a State Farm WBCA All-America honorable mention and a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist in 2011. She tallied 1,273 points in her four seasons, and her 484 career assists ranks third on the all-time list at DePaul.
Chaired in a non-voting position by Callan, the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee also includes AAU representatives Bill Larson and Sherri Pegues, National Federation of High Schools representatives Jody Patrick and Jill Rankin Schneider and athlete representative Yolanda Griffith, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist who has played on five USA Basketball teams.
2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
Trials to select the 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team will take place May 21-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee will invite approximately 35 athletes to attend trials. Additionally, trials were open to applicant athletes, for a total of as many as 150 players expected to participate in trials. The entire trials roster will be announced in mid April.
The first two days of the 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials will consist of skills sessions and off-court sessions on health and performance on May 21 and 22. After scrimmage opportunities on the evening on May 22 and the morning of May 23, the roster may begin to be reduced.
Due to the number of athletes expected to participate, the trials roster will be split into two groups for at least the first three days.
The 12 players for the 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team, or finalists for the team, will be announced on May 25.
The team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 14-22, before departing for the competition in Puebla, Mexico.
The 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship with feature eight teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The USA was drawn into preliminary round Group A, along with Argentina, Honduras and Mexico. Playing in preliminary round Group B will be Brazil, Canada, Cuba and Venezuela. After playing each of the teams in its preliminary round group, the top two ranked teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, and the third and fourth-placed teams will compete for fifth-through-eighth places. The semifinals will be played on June 27, and the finals will be on June 28.
The list of players who have competed for USA U16 national teams includes: Cierra Burdick (2009), Kaela Davis (2011), Asia Durr (2013), Rebecca Greenwell (2011), Linnae Harper (2011), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2009), Arike Ogunbowale (2013), Taya Reimer (2011), Katie Lou Samuelson (2013), Breanna Stewart (2009) and Elizabeth Williams (2009).
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