USA Basketball Announces Lead Clinician And Three Court Coaches For 2016 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials
Washington University head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey has been appointed lead clinician for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials. She returns after serving as the lead clinician for the 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials. Additionally, Carla Berube from Tufts University, Pam Crawford from Clear Springs High School (TX) and Steve Gomez from Lubbock Christian University were announced as court coaches.
Trials for the 2016 USA Women’s U17 National Team will take place from May 26-30 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2016 USA U17 National Team trials are expected to feature 36 invited athletes and 116 applicant athletes vying for one of 12 roster spots. The USA U17 team will play in the FIBA U17 World Championship from June 22-July 2 in Zaragoza, Spain.
The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.
“We are extremely pleased to have Nancy Fahey return as the lead clinician. Not only is she an experienced and successful coach at Washington University, she also returns after having been the lead clinician for the 2015 trials,” said Carol Callan, USA Women’s National Team Director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. “Her teaching skills and enthusiasm will benefit every player at trials. Additionally, we will have Carla, Pam and Steve, each highly successful coaches with their respective programs, as court coaches to make sure that each athlete receives quality one-on-one interaction and instruction.”
Fahey will lead skills and trials sessions May 26-30 while the court coaches will be on hand along with the coaching staff, who are also making a return from last year’s 2015 USA U16 National Team. Head coach Dori Oldaker of Mt. Lebanon High School (Pa) will be assisted by Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School (VA) and Samantha Quigley of University of St. Francis.
Fahey concluded year 30 at Washington University in 2015-16 with a 23-6 record that included a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Her all-time record extended to an illustrious 711-130 (.845) dating back to her first season in 1986-87.
After serving as assistant coach for the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team, Fahey remains the only coach in NCAA Division III history to win five national championships, including four straight titles from 1998-2001. She also was the first NCAA Division III representative to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
“It is an honor and privilege to work with these outstanding student-athletes and USA Basketball. My experience last year only makes me want to work harder to reach our goals,” Fahey said. “I am also excited to work with and learn from an outstanding coaching staff. It is one of my true highlights in my 34 years of coaching.”
Berube joins USA Basketball after a 28-4 record in 2015-16 at Tufts. After her 14th season, Berube guided the Jumbos to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship game.
In the 2014-15 season Berube coached the Jumbos to a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, wins in the NCAA Regional and NCAA Sectional rounds and a berth into the NCAA Division III Final Four. Tufts finished with a 30-3 overall record and 10-0 conference mark.
Berube, who was a member of the bronze medalist 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team, was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps / Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year.
“To be chosen as a court coach for the USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team Trials is an absolute honor. I'm truly grateful to Carol Callan and USA Basketball for this opportunity to coach some of the greatest young women's basketball players in the world,” Berube said. “It's a privilege to work with USA Basketball again after donning a USA jersey 22 years ago at the U.S. Olympic Festival. I'm looking forward to an exciting weekend of basketball as I work alongside two phenomenal college coaches in Nancy Fahey and Steve Gomez.”
Gomez had a tremendous run for Lubbock Christian in the program’s third season at the Division II level. In 2015-16, Lubbock Christian claimed the NCAA Division II national championship and a perfect 35-0 season in Gomez’s 13th year at the helm. Gomez’s team eclipsed the 100-point mark four times.
Since moving to Division II, Gomez holds an 81-8 (.910) overall record while competing in the Heartland Conference. In his last two years as an NAIA program, Gomez led the Lady Chaps’ programs to 28-win and 31-win seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively.
“It is a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to work with the USA Basketball organization more because of the ‘USA’ than for the ‘basketball,” Gomez said. “I look forward to learning from the other coaches and having the chance to see the top players in the country come together to form the team that will represent our country.”
Crawford joins USA Basketball with three different head coaching opportunities around the Texas high school landscape dating back to the 1991-92 season. Her Clear Springs team is fresh off a 30-7 record in 2015-16 that included a trip to the Texas Class 6A Region III final.
Since her first year at Clear Springs in the 2007-08 season, Crawford has sent multiple players to the Division I level, won six district championships and claimed four Galveston County Coach of the Year awards.
“I think it’s an awesome honor to be back in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center in a coaching capacity role and to be a part of training phenomenal talent to be future Olympians,” Crawford said. “I feel truly blessed for the opportunity.”
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.
2016 FIBA Americas U17 Championship
First held in 2010, the FIBA U17 World Championship features the world’s top 17-year-old and younger players. FIBA currently holds U17 World Championships every two years.
In addition to host Spain, nations qualified for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship include: Nigeria and Mali from FIBA Africa; Canada, Brazil, the United States and Mexico from FIBA Americas; China, Japan and South Korea from FIBA Asia; Czech Republic, France, Italy, Latvia and Portugal from FIBA Europe; and Australia from FIBA Oceania.
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U17 worlds last summer by capturing bronze at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with a 4-1 record.
USA women's teams are 23-0 in the U17 World Championships, capturing a third-consecutive gold in 2014 with a 7-0 record.
The list of players who have competed for USA U17 national teams include: Diamond DeShields (2012); Asia Durr (2014); Rebecca Greenwell (2012); Jewell Loyd (2010); Arike Ogunbowale (2014); Taya Reimer (2012); Katie Lou Samuelson (2014); Breanna Stewart (2010); and Elizabeth Williams (2010).