Court Coaches For 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team Training Camp Announced
Collegiate head coaches Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University, King Rice of Monmouth University and Jeremy Shulman of Eastern Florida State College will serve as court coaches for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.
“We are excited to have Sean, Dan, King and Jeremy at camp to assist in the U19 World Cup staff as court coaches,” said Matt Painter, chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and head coach at Prudue University. “They all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help us select a great team to compete in these games.”
Hanrahan, Muller, Rice and Shulman will assist the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team coaching staff of John Calipari (Kentucky) and assistant coaches Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest) during training camp from June 18-20 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will continue from the United States Olympic Training Center until June 25.
Two-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to win its fourth U19 World Cup gold medal in the past five competitions at the July 1-9 event in Cairo, Egypt. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
The 2017 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp will be the first experience with USA Basketball for Hanrahan, who in 2016-17 led Warner to a 26-5 record and its second-consecutive Sun Conference championship.
In his 11 seasons (2006-07 to present) as head coach at Warner, Hanrahan has led the Royals to a top-25 ranking in every season, and three NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, including the No. 2 overall seed in 2017. He is Warner’s all-time winningest coach and boasts a 221-123 overall record (.642 winning percentage) in his tenure.
Hanrahan, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, began his coaching career at Rollins College (Fla.) from 1999-2001 following his playing career from 1995-99 at Hanover College (Ind.). He spent five seasons (2001-02 to 2005-06) as an assistant coach at Florida Southern College, helping the Mocs to two conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2006, Hanrahan filled the role of lead clinician for NBA Cares and NBA FIT, and also holds experience from the Michael Jordan Flight School and NBA Draft Combine. For the past two years, he has filled the role of President of the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association.
“My hope is to learn, listen and contribute in any fashion these coaches see fit,” said Hanrahan. “A small role or large one will be just the same when you think about the opportunity to coach next to Hall of Famers and mentors in this wonderful game of basketball. Just to get the invite for this opportunity is a real blessing and something I will cherish forever.”
Muller joins USA Basketball for his first taste of a USA Basketball training camp after a record-setting 2016-17 season at Illinois State, that saw the Redbirds set program bests in total wins (28) and Missouri Valley Conference victories (17) en route to a 28-7 overall record and MVC regular season title. On May 4, Muller was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.
“I cannot wait to get to camp and learn from coach [Calipari], Tad and Danny, while helping the U19 players in any way I can,” said Muller, a Lafayette, Indiana, native. “I will be a sponge while doing whatever is asked of me. This is an absolute honor to be a part of USA Basketball. I will bring enthusiasm, patriotism and passion to every practice and meeting. I cannot wait to coach the heck out of these talented young men.”
After spending twelve seasons (2000-01 to 2011-12) as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University, where he served as the Commodores recruiting coordinator and directed student-athlete academic progress, Muller accepted the head coaching position at Illinois State. He has amassed a 104-65 overall record (.615) in his five seasons (2012-13 to present), and in each year, has guided the Redbirds to a better MVC record and higher conference finish.
A 1998 graduate from Illinois State, Muller led the Redbirds to a 91-37 overall record during his four playing seasons, and owns the school’s record with 128 consecutive starts.
“To be a part of something so much bigger than myself, in USA Basketball, is a dream come true,” Muller added. “I have watched USA Basketball with such pride my entire life, and I will work extremely hard to represent my country and this team the right way.”
Rice enters his first training camp with USA Basketball after lifting Monmouth to a 27-7 overall record and second-consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title in 2016-17.
The 2016-17 season, which was Rice’s sixth season (2011-12 to present) at the helm, featured 18 conference wins for Monmouth, setting an MAAC record. Rice was named the MAAC Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season after winning the MAAC regular-season title for a second-straight year.
“I’m looking forward to learning from the staff and all those involved,” Rice said. “This is something new for me, and I’m going in as the new guy to try and learn, and also bring energy and enthusiasm to the job. Any time you have the opportunity to represent USA Basketball, that’s the biggest honor you could have in this game. I’m honored that they would think of me as a coach to join their program, and I’m truly humbled to be a part of it.”
Monmouth’s consecutive campaigns of 20-or-more wins and back-to-back MAAC regular season championships are firsts in program history, while the Hawks 28 wins under Rice in 2015-16 also set a school record.
Rice, a Binghamton, New York, native, played in 140 career games at the University of North Carolina from 1987-88 to 1990-91 with a Final Four appearance in 1991.
His coaching career began in 1992 with one season at the University of Oregon before a five-year stint (1993-94 to 1997-98) at Illinois State, and one more at Providence College in 1999-2000. His 13 seasons in the assistant coaching ranks concluded with five seasons (2006-07 to 2010-11) at Vanderbilt University.
Rice also boasts international coaching experience from a three-year head coaching spell with the Bahamas National Team from 2001-04.
Shulman, who led Eastern Florida to its first NJCAA Championship Game appearance in school history in 2016-17, rounds out the group of court coaches. The Titans finished with a 31-6 overall record – a program best – while the run included a fifth-consecutive Southern Conference title and a third-straight trip to the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament.
“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a court coach at the U19 training camp,” said Shulman. “I would not have this opportunity if it weren’t for the amazing players I’ve been blessed to coach over the years at Eastern Florida.”
Shulman concluded his seventh season (2010-11 to present) as the head coach at Eastern Florida, owning a
177-54 career record (.766) in his time on the Titans bench, while also winning 20-or-more games in each of the past six seasons. He was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for a fifth-consecutive season in 2017.
“In my role, I simply hope to do whatever I can to assist coach Calipari, coach Boyle, and coach Manning,” Shulman added. “I’m very excited to learn from such great coaches. USA Basketball is the pinnacle of coaching, and to be able to represent this amazing country is just beyond special.”
Shulman, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003, and earned his start in coaching as a head coach and program director for the Tennessee-based AAU basketball club, Midstate Ballerz, in a role he held for 12 years. He also served as an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College for three seasons (2007-08 to 2009-10) prior to his time at Eastern Florida.