Natasha Adair And Jennie Baranczyk Tapped As 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials Court Coaches
Collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair of Georgetown University and Jennie Baranczyk from Drake University will serve as court coaches for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee.
“We are excited about Natasha and Jennie joining the U19 World Cup staff in Colorado Springs to assist with training camp. Both have made significant impacts in their respective programs by bringing their teams to consecutive postseason tournaments. Equally important, they have both developed multiple all-conference players in their respective leagues. These young athletes will benefit from their knowledge and passion for the game as they aim for the seventh consecutive gold medal in our U19 age group this summer,” said USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee chairman Jennifer Rizzotti.
Adair and Baranczyk will assist the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team coaching staff of Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh) and assistant coaches Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado) and Charlotte Smith (Elon) during team trials, which will take place May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Six-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
In her three seasons at Georgetown (2014-15 to present), Adair led the Hoyas to a 17-13 record in 2016-17 and a second consecutive Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearance.
“I'm truly grateful to be selected as a court coach by the USA Basketball committee. I'm looking forward working with some the best coaches and players in the country. This is not only an honor, but also an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Prior to the Hilltop, Adair was at the helm of the College of Charleston for two seasons (2012-13 to 2013-14), where she helped the Cougars to 16 wins in her first season and a 19-15 record in her second. After earning consecutive berths to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), Adair became the first coach in program history to lead teams to back-to-back postseason tournaments.
Adair, who played collegiately at Pensacola Junior College before spending two seasons at the University of South Florida in 1992-93 to 1993-94, previously spent 13 seasons in the assistant coaching ranks, with seven years (2004-05 to 2011-12) at Wake Forest University and six seasons (1998-99 to 2003-04) at Georgetown University. The Silver Spring, Maryland, native’s coaching career has seen her develop and mentor 12 players who went on to play at the professional level.
In completing her fifth season at Drake in 2016-17, Baranczyk guided the Bulldogs to a 28-5 record, which featured a 22-game winning streak that set program and Missouri Valley Conference records. Drake became the first team to finish the MVC regular season with an unblemished record (18-0), while winning the school’s first regular season conference title since 2008 and the first MVC tournament title since 2007.
“It is an incredible opportunity and dream come true to be a part of USA Basketball. You grow up watching the players and the coaches from the USA compete for a gold medal. It doesn’t matter the capacity just the opportunity to be involved, you give everything you have to help maximize basketball’s potential around the country. It will be a great chance to represent Drake and Des Moines at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.”
Baranczyk was named the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year for her team’s campaign in 2016-17.
Under Baranczyk’s command, the Bulldogs have increased their win total in each of her five seasons en route to a 99-61 overall record (.619 winning percentage) and three consecutive 20-win seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17). She has coached eight All-MVC players while at Drake, including three first-teamers in 2016-17.
From Des Moines, Iowa, Baranczyk served as a three-time captain at the University of Iowa as a four-year letterwinner from 2000-01 through 2003-04 and was an All-American honorable mention in 2003.
Her coaching career began in 2004-05 as she fulfilled an assistant coaching role at Kansas State University for two seasons before spending four seasons as an assistant at Marquette University from 2006-07 to 2009-10. Just prior to Drake, Baranczyk had a two-year stint at the University of Colorado in a similar capacity.
“It will be a great experience to learn from and work with the other coaches, Suzie McConnell-Serio, Kamie Ethridge, Charlotte Smith and Natasha Adair, in addition to all the young women who will be trying out. They are some of the best in the business,” Baranczyk added.
Training camp for the USA U19 Women’s World Cup Team will begin on July 7, with the official 12-member team to be selected prior to its departure for Italy.
2017 FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, FIBA changed the names of its age-based world championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility, and recently updated the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA in 2005 modified its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year. USA women's teams are 73-12 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record.
The draw to determine the preliminary round was held Feb. 1. The USA was placed in Group A and will open against Mali on July 22, face China on July 23 and cap the preliminary round against host Italy on July 25.
Drawn into Group B were Egypt, Puerto Rico, Russia and Spain; Group C includes Canada, France, Latvia and South Korea; while Group D features Australia, Hungary, Japan and a nation from the Americas to be determined by FIBA at a later date.
Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the July 26 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 28 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 29, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 30.