Kamie Ethridge And Jason Flowers Named Court Coaches For 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Trials
Collegiate head coaches Kamie Ethridge of Northern Colorado University and Jason Flowers of California State University, Northridge today were announced as court coaches for the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Trials, which will take place May 14-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Trials will be used to select the 2015 USA U19 World Championship, U.S. Pan American Games and USA World University Games teams.
The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee is responsible for selecting the court coaches.
“They are two successful, young coaches whose enthusiasm and knowledge will help ensure a successful trials,” said Jim Foster (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga), chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee.
Ethridge and Flowers will assist the coaching staffs in leading drills, skills sessions and scrimmages during staggered sessions.
Ethridge, who helped the USA capture gold medals at the 1986 FIBA World Championship and 1988 Olympic Games, has been a Northern Colorado University’s head coach for one season, leading the Bears to a program-high 22 wins and the third round of the WNIT in 2014-15.
“It is an honor to be back involved with USA Basketball,” Ethridge said. “Some of my greatest moments of my career have been when I represented my country while playing for the United States. I consider it a privilege to work as a court coach for the USA Junior National Team Trials. I look forward to aiding the players at the trials, the coaches who will coach each team and the selection committee in any capacity I can.”
Flowers recently completed his fifth season at California State University, Northridge, where he led his team to a 23-10 record and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014-15.
“Being named a court coach for U.S. Basketball means I am the recipient of an outstanding honor because of the hard work of a lot of people, including our players, past and present, and our staff,” Flowers said. “It is an extremely humbling opportunity to be a small part of the organization that represents basketball at its highest level.”
The 13 USA U19 trials athletes who recently completed their freshman year of college also may be considered for the 2015 USA Pan American Games and USA World University Games teams.
Trials begin on May 14 with a U19 session at 4:30-6:15 p.m. (all times listed are local, MDT), followed by the Pan American Games and World University Games group at 6:30-8:15 p.m. The U19s continue with trials sessions at 8:30-10:30 a.m. and at 4-6 p.m. on May 15 and 16, while the older group has sessions at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the 15th and 16th.
The 12-member rosters for each team, or finalists for the teams, will be announced on the morning of May 17.
In addition to Foster, the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Lindsay Gottlieb (California) and Joi Williams (UCF); and athlete representative Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; 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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