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Cardoza, Moore Named USA Basketball Court Coaches For 2016 USA Women’s U18 National Team Trials

  • Date:
    May 24, 2016

Tonya Cardoza from Temple University and Kirsten Moore from Westmont College have been appointed court coaches for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee.

Trials for the 2016 USA Women’s U18 National Team are expected to feature 27 athletes and will take place from May 28-30 at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"Tonya and Kirsten are confident young coaches that have the ability to teach and motivate young people who want to have success,” said Jim Foster (Tennessee-Chattanooga), chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. “They continue to grow in their game, and they will be a valuable asset to our trials.

Participants will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the USA U18 National Team, which will play in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women from July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile.

Cardoza and Moore will assist the U18 coaching staff comprised of head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh) as well as assistant coaches Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado) and Charlotte Smith (Elon).

After eight seasons (2008-09-present) as the head coach of the Temple Owls, Cardoza has compiled a 164-101 (.618 winning percentage) record. The Owls finished the 2015-16 season with a 23-12 record, including 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference and reaching the WNIT semifinals. Cardoza has a 57-45 record in three years since Temple switched from the Atlantic 10 to the AAC.

The University of Virginia alumna was awarded the Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year in three consecutive seasons (2009, 2010 and 2011).

Cardoza also served as an assistant at the University of Connecticut from 1993-94 to 2007-08. During her time at Connecticut, the Huskies went 465-41 (.919), with seven Final Four appearances and two unbeaten, national championship teams.

"I'm thrilled to have the honor of working with USA Basketball. I look forward to the experience of working with so many great players and coaches,” Cardoza said. “It's always a privilege to represent your country in any facet and I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

Moore joins USA Basketball after a 29-4 (.879) record for Westmont in 2015-16, including a 15-1 conference record and a trip to the NAIA Tournament.

In 2011-12, the Westmont Warriors won the most games in a season under Moore, (31), and in 2012-13, achieved a 30-win NAIA national championship season. On top of the national championship, Moore was also named the 2013 NAIA Coach of the year.

With a 249-99 (.859) overall mark at Westmont, Moore’s teams have only missed out on NAIA postseason play once in her tenure. Moore came to Westmont in the summer of 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley where she served as an assistant women’s basketball coach from 2001-02 to 2004-05.

"It is an absolute honor to be named a court coach for USA Basketball.  To wear the letters U-S-A across my chest while representing our country is honestly something I dreamed of growing up,” Moore said. “I am grateful and excited that I can play this small role in helping the growth and development of the young basketball talent in this great country prepare to represent us on a national stage."

In addition to Foster, the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Melanie Balcomb, Lindsay Gottlieb and Joi Williams, as well as athlete representative Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight U18 national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The United States, along with Canada, earned an automatic berth into the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from North America. Also earning a place in the tournament were the top three finishing teams from the 2015 South American U17 Championship, including Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina. Additionally, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico earned the three berths available from the 2015 Centrobasket U17 Championship.

USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 48-2 overall record in U18 / Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.

The list of players who have competed for USA U18 national teams include: Jayne Appel (2006); Alana Beard (2000); Kelsey Bone (2008); Tamika Catchings (1996); Marissa Coleman (2004); Napheesa Collier (2014); Skylar Diggins (2008); Stacey Ford (1998); Sonja Henning (1988); Niesa Johnson (1992); Rebecca Lobo (1992); Maya Moore (2006); Chiney Ogwumike (2010); Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004); Courtney Paris (2004); Cappie Pondexter (2000); Nicole Powell (2000); Lynn Pride (1996); Breanna Stewart (2012); Diana Taurasi (2000); Morgan Tuck (2012); Brianna Turner (2014); Candice Wiggins (2004); A’ja Wilson (2014); and Tiffany Woosley (1992).

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