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Thirty-two Schools in the 2021 Women's NCAA Tournament Have USA Basketball Ties

  • Date:
    Mar 21, 2021

Of the 64 schools represented in the 2021 NCAA women's Basketball Tournament, 32 have roster ties to USA Basketball teams. Check your knowledge and see below who has been involved with USA Basketball as either a player or coach over the years.

Arkansas

  • Chelsea Dungee captured a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she aided the USA squad to a perfect 5-0 record.
  • Amber Ramirez averaged 10.8 ppg. in helping lead the 2016 USA U18 National Team to gold and a 5-0 mark at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. In 2016 she also earned a silver medal playing on the USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team that went 5-2. She earned her spot on the 3x3 squad by helping her team claim 2016 USA 3x3 U18 National Championship.
  • Destiny Slocum earned a gold medal playing for current USA National Team head coach Dawn Staley at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, and also participated in the 2017 USA U23 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Slocum was added to the USA U19 World Cup Team on July 17, 2015, and arrived in Moscow a few hours prior to the USA’s first game on July 18.

Baylor

  • Queen Egbo was a member of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team that captured the gold medal after claiming a 7-0 record that included a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia in the gold medal game. She averaged 7.9 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. The previous year, she was named to the 2018 USA U18 National Team, but was unable to participate due to school commitments.
  • NaLyssa Smith was named to the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team but withdrew from the roster prior to training camp. The previous year, she helped the USA capture gold with a 6-0 record at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which qualified the U.S. for the 2019 U19s. She averaged a team-best 11.0 ppg., along with 6.2 rpg. at the U18s.
  • Jordyn Oliver aided the USA to gold at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and averaged 3.6 ppg. and 3.6 rpg. as the USA posted a 5-0 slate.
  • Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey competed on her share of USA squads, including the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team that earned the gold medal in Los Angeles. In addition to her Olympic gold, Mulkey earned gold at the 1983 Pan American Games, 1984 R. William Jones Cup and 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival (South Team), while earning silver at the 1983 FIBA World Cup.

Central Florida

  • UCF assistant coach Nykesha Sales won three gold medals with USA Basketball, including at the 1994 and 1996 R. Williams Jones Cups and the 1997 World University Games. She also won bronze at the 1995 Jones Cup, played on the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team and played collected a 6-1 record with the USA National Team in 1999.

Central Michigan

  • Central Michigan associate head coach Gail Goestenkors has a long history with USA Basketball, most notably as an assistant coach for the USA National Team from 2002-08. During that time, Goestenkors was on the sideline to aid the U.S. to gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, 2002 FIBA World Cup and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, as well as a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Cup. As a head coach she piloted the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team to gold and was the head coach for the silver medal-winning 1997 USA R. William Jones Cup Team.

Connecticut

  • Paige Bueckers was named the 2019 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year after helping guide the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Team to gold and earning FIBA U19 World Cup MVP honors after averaging a team second-best 11.6 ppg. and a tournament-leading 5.4 apg. She also was the youngest member of the 2019 USA 3x3 World Beach Games Team that advanced to the quarterfinals. As the only high school athlete on the four-member team that featured two collegiate athletes and one 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team selection, Bueckers averaged a team second-best 6.5 ppg. (of the USA’s 19.5 ppg.).
  • Prior to 2019, Bueckers claimed gold medals at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (3x3), 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. In five-on-five games in a USA Basketball uniform, Bueckers is a perfect 22-0 and averaged 10.7 ppg. and 4.3 apg.
  • Olivia Nelson-Ododa was the youngest and only college player on the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team that finished with a 6-0 record and the gold medal. Playing alongside Olympic and World Cup champions, she averaged 5.2 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. Nelson-Ododa also captured gold in 2019 at the Pan American Games in its inaugural 3x3 basketball competition and at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Her lone loss in a USA Basketball uniform, she is 25-1 playing for the red, white and blue, came at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup in which the USA finished with the bronze medal.
  • Saylor Poffenbarger helped the USA to gold at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
  • Evina Westbrook was a member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, where she averaged 5.6 ppg. and 4.0 rpg. She also took part in the 2014 USA U17 and 2017 USA U19 team trials.
  • Christyn Williams owns three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal with four USA Basketball teams. Williams participated in the 2019 USA National Team's FIBA AmeriCup training camp in Miami; claimed gold in 3x3 at the 2019 Pan American Games and 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup; and five-on-five gold at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She took home the silver medal from the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup and bronze from the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup. Williams also gained valuable 3x3 experience competing for the USA in the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series.
  • UConn head coach Geno Auriemma compiled a 90-0 (.909) record, six gold medals, one bronze medal and two tournament championships as a USA Basketball coach from 1993-2016. He was the USA National Team head coach from 2009-16 and during that time led the USA to two Olympic and two World Cup gold medals. He also served as an assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that won gold and was head coach for the 2000 USA U18 National Team that won the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal and returned with the bronze medal from the 2001 FIBA U19 World Cup.
  • Associate head coach Chris Dailey and assistant coaches Jamelle Elliott and Shea Ralph helped as scouts and/or court coaches for numerous USA National Team training camps and events during Auriemma’s tenure as USA National Team head coach.

Florida State

  • Valencia Myers was a member of the 2015 USA Basketball U16 National Team that captured the bronze medal with a 4-1 record at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She averaged 5.5 ppg. and 7.5 rpg.
  • FSU head coach Sue Semrau, who took a single-season leave of absence for 2020-21, was an assistant coach for a pair of gold medalist USA Basketball teams. She helped USA squads to gold at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup, and she also served as a court coach for the 2017 USA National Team’s fall training camp.
  • Interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff was on the 1998 USA Select Team that compiled a 7-1 exhibition record, the 1999 USA World University Games team that won gold, the 2000 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that earned gold and the 2000 USA Select Team that lost 97-31 in an exhibition game against the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.

Georgia

  • Maori Davenport captured a gold medal with the 2018 USA U18 National Team and was named to the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship All-Star Five. She started in four of six games and averaged 7.8 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 2.7 bpg. to help lead the USA to a 6-0 record and the gold medal.
  • Georgia head coach Joni Taylor served as a court coach for the 2018 USA U18 National Team trials.

Georgia Tech

  • Georgia Tech head coach Nell Fortner served as head coach of the USA National Team from 1997-2000 and in that time coached the USA to gold medals at the 2000 Olympics and 1998 FIBA World Cup. In 1999-2000, she guided the USA National Team to a 38-2 record in games against professional, collegiate and national teams in preparation for the Olympics. Fortner also coached USA squads at the 1997 USA Basketball International Invitational (3-1, first place), 1998 Australia Goldmark Cup (3-2 vs. Australia), the 1998 USA World Cup Team during its lead-up to the FIBA World Cup (12-1, two tournament titles) and the 1999 USA Winter European Tour Team (4-1 vs. European professional clubs).
  • Prior to being the USA National Team head coach, Fortner was an assistant coach for the historic 1995-96 USA National Team that compiled a 52-0 record leading up to the 1996 Olympic Games, in which the U.S. then upped its record to 60-0 on the year and reclaimed the top spot on the Olympic podium.
  • Assistant coach Murriel Page competed on three USA Basketball teams. She was on the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team that finished in fourth place, earned a silver medal with a 6-1 record at the 1997 R. William Jones Cup and played on the 1999 USA National Team that posted a 4-1 mark against professional teams in Europe.

Gonzaga

  • Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier served as a court coach for the 2019 USA U19 and Pan American Games trials.

Indiana

  • Ali Patberg helped the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team to a 7-0 record and the gold medal. She also aided the USA U19 squad to a 3-0 record in exhibition play against U19 teams from Australia, Canada and Spain ahead of the FIBA U19 World Cup.

Iowa

  • Caitlin Clark was a member of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished with a 7-0 record and captured the gold medal with a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia, and she helped the 2017 USA U16 National Team capture the FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record. Clark averaged 5.3 ppg. at the U19 World Cup and 8.8 ppg. at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder coached a pair of USA Basketball teams. She was head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Team that went 4-1 and captured the silver medal, and she was an assistant for the gold medal-winning 2001 USA World University Games Team.

Iowa State 

  • Ashley Joens helped the USA claim gold with a perfect 6-0 record at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and followed that up with a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, where the USA earned a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia in the gold medal game.
  • Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly has been on four gold medal-winning USA Basketball staffs and owns a 22-2 (.917) record on the sideline for USA Basketball. He was an assistant coach for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team (3-1), the 2008 USA U18 National Team (5-0) and 2009 USA U19 World Cup Team (8-1) before serving as head coach for the 2011 USA World University Games Team (6-0).

    Fun fact: both Fennelly and Joens collected their U19 World Cup gold medals in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 years apart.

Kentucky

  • Rhyne Howard was named to the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star Five and also was named as the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship MVP after winning gold medals with USA Basketball in back-to-back summers. As a member of the 2018 USA U18 National Team, Howard started in five of six games and averaged 8.5 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and tied for a team-high with 3.0 apg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record and a gold medal. She was then a member of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished with a 7-0 record and captured the gold medal with a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia. She started all seven U19 games and averaged a team-high 13.1 ppg. and added 5.1 rpg. She also claimed second place at the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals and scored 11 of her team’s 20 points in the championship game.
  • Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy was on the 1997 USA U19 World Cup Team that captured the USA’s historic first gold medal in that competition.

Louisville

  • Olivia Cochran was named MVP of the 2019 USA 3x3 U18 National Championship after leading her team to the tournament title. She then was named to the 2019 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team and, alongside Hailey Van Lith, helped lead the USA to the gold medal with a 7-0 record. She scored 41 points over seven games, which ranked fourth among all competitors in the 20-team field.
  • Dana Evans was a member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that finished with a perfect 5-0 record and earned the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She dished out a USA third-best 3.4 apg.
  • Hailey Van Lith is a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, two on the 3x3 side and two in the five-and-five game. Playing alongside Olivia Cochran, Van Lith helped the USA to gold at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and earned 2019 3x3 U18 World Cup MVP honors in the process. Van Lith also claimed gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics in 3x3 play. She played for Jeff Walz on the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team that claimed gold after a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia in the gold medal game and on the 2018 USA U18 National Team that earned gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Louisville head coach Jeff Walz took on his first USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA U18 National Team that finished 5-0 and in possession of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal. The team qualified USA Basketball for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, and Walz served as an assistant coach for the USA U19 World Cup Team that also claimed gold. Additionally, Walz was head coach of the 2017 USA U23 National Team that captured the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament championship in Tokyo, returned as a court coach for the 2017 USA National Team’s fall training camp in California, and led the USA to gold at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. He boasts a 31-0 record on the USA Basketball sideline.

Marist

  • Marist head coach Brian Giorgis was an assistant coach for the 2013 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 6-0 record.

Marquette

  • Marquette head coach Megan Duffy was a member of the 2005 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-0 record.

Maryland

  • Diamond Miller earned gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where the USA was a perfect 5-0, and at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, where the USA went 7-0 and claimed gold with a 74-70 overtime victory over Australia in the final.

Michigan

  • Naz Hillmon was a member of the 2018 USA U18 National Team that collected gold with a 6-0 slate at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and returned in 2019 to help the USA capture gold at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup with a 74-72 overtime victory over Australia. She averaged 10.3 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. on the U18 squad and 7.4 ppg. and a team-high 7.6 rpg. for the U19s.
  • Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico helped USA Basketball squads claim gold medals in back-to-back summers. She was an assistant coach for the 2014 USA U18 National Team that earned a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and followed that up with a gold medal as an assistant for the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team that went 7-0.

Michigan State

  • MSU head coach Suzy Merchant completed her second coaching assignment with USA Basketball as the head coach for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team, which she led to a 4-1 record and silver medal. She previously was an assistant coach with USA Basketball in 2009, when the USA went undefeated with a 7-0 record and took home gold from the World University Games.

Middle Tennessee State

  • Rellah Boothe helped the 2016 USA U18 National Team claim gold with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She averaged 7.2 ppg. and 6.2 rpg.

North Carolina

  • Janelle Bailey, the 2017 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year and 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup All-Tournament Team selection, scored a tournament-high 40 points in leading the USA to the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. She also earned a bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • UNC head coach Courtney Banghart was an assistant coach for the 2017 USA U23 National Team that captured the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament championship in Tokyo

Northwestern

  • Lindsey Pulliam aided the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Team to the silver medal and a 4-1 record.
  • Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown piloted the 2015 USA World University Games Team to a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medal.

Oregon

  • Erin Boley won a silver medal with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. She also won the tournament title playing 3x3 with Oregon teammates at the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship, finished in second place at the 2017 USA 3x3 Nationals and was MVP as her Southern Starz team won the 2015 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament. Additionally, she participated in trials for the 2013 U16, 2014 U17 and 2017 U23 national teams.
  • Taylor Mikesell won a silver medal as a member of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Team, averaging 5.0 ppg., and she won bronze as a member of the USA team at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup. She also competed in the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals and participated in trials for the 2015 USA U16 National Team.
  • Sedona Prince has won three medals with USA Basketball. She won bronze at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup and gold at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, despite being sidelined in the USA’s third game due to injury. She also took part in trials for the 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team.
  • Kylee Watson earned a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 5.2 ppg. in helping the USA to a 5-0 mark. She also was a finalist for the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team, took part in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team Trials and played on BS30 in the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship.
  • Oregon head coach Kelly Graves twice was a gold-medal winning USA assistant coach, helping the USA to a 9-0 record at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Cup, three exhibition wins in 2013 and a 5-0 record at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Overall as a USA assistant coach, he owns a 17-0 record.

Oregon State

  • OSU head coach Scott Rueck helped the USA to a 4-1 record and the silver medal as a USA assistant coach at the 2015 USA Pan American Games.

Rutgers

  • Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer was a member of six USA Basketball coaching staffs, from 1980-2004, including serving as an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. She also was an assistant coach for the bronze-medal winning 1980 USA R. Williams Jones Cup Team; and a USA head coach for the bronze-medal winning 1991 U.S. Pan American Games Team, the 1989 USA World Cup Qualifying Team, the silver-medal winning 1985 USA World University Games Team and the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team. Overall with USA Basketball coaching staffs, she has won one gold medal, one silver medal, three bronze medals and is 31-12 (.721).
  • Rutgers assistant coach Michelle Edwards won a bronze medal playing for Stringer and USA Basketball at the 1991 Pan American Games. She also was a member of the 1990 USA Select White Team and the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team.

South Carolina

  • Aliyah Boston has won four gold medals with USA Basketball. After being named as a finalist for the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team, she returned in 2017 as a member of the USA U16 team and was MVP as the USA won gold at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 11.8 ppg. and 8.6 rpg. She and her teammates won the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship tournament title and then went to on to capture gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. As a member of the gold-medal winning 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team, she contributed 11.3 ppg. and 7.1 rpg. and was named to the all-tournament team. She participated in the 2019 USA training camp at the NCAA Final Four and was a member of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team that went 7-0 to win gold, averaging 8.4 ppg. and 6.1 rpg.
  • Zia Cooke won gold medals in consecutive summers playing for USA Basketball at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. She averaged 7.9 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 2018 and 10.8 ppg. and 2.2 apg in 2017 and participated in the 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials.
  • Destanni Henderson took part in trials for the 2015 USA U16 National Team and then earned a roster spot on the bronze-medal winning 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team, where she averaged 7.1 ppg., 4.4 rpg. and 5.0 apg.
  • Destiny Littleton won a bronze medal with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She and her Bounce Back team finished 7-0 to win the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, where she was named MVP, and she was named to the 2017 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team, which went on to win the gold medal with a 7-0 record at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup.
  • USC head coach Dawn Staley, who will be the USA’s head coach this summer at the Tokyo Olympic Games, most recently piloted the 2019 USA AmeriCup Team to a gold medal with a 6-0 mark. She led the USA to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2018 FIBA World Cup Team, a 6-0 exhibition record in 2018 and was named the 2018 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. She also was a co-recipient of the 2015 National Coach of the Year award and is the first person in USA Basketball history to have earned both the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and USA Basketball Athlete of the Year (1994 and 2000) awards.

    With Staley as a USA assistant coach at the 2016 Olympic Games, the USA won a sixth-straight Olympic gold medal, and she was on the roster for five of those titles -- three times as an athlete (1996, 2000, 2004) and twice as an assistant coach (2008, 2016).

    Staley in three years pulled double-duty as a head coach for a USA junior team and an assistant coach for the USA National Team. Prior to serving as the USA Women’s National Team assistant at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, she received her first USA head coaching nod at the helm of the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team and piloted the USA to a 5-0 slate and the gold medal. In 2014 Staley served as an assistant coach for the USA World Cup Team that captured gold and also was the head coach for the gold-medal winning 2014 USA U18 National Team. The following year Staley was head coach for the gold-medal winning 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team and was on hand as an assistant as the USA National Team went 4-0 in its 2015 European tour against teams from Spain, Italy and Czech Republic.

    In all, USA Basketball teams with Staley on the sideline own an overall record of 93-4 (.959) and USA teams are 30-0 with Staley serving as head coach or acting head coach.

    Her storied USA Basketball career as an athlete spanned 15 years. Staley, who was chosen by her peers as the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, won a total of 10 gold medals as an athlete, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Cup gold medals, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles from 1989-2004.
  • Associate head coach Lisa Boyer has served as a court coach at numerous USA National Team training camps since 2018.

Stanford

  • Fran Belibi has won three gold medals with USA Basketball. She first participated with USA Basketball on team Denver at the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship and finished in second place. She won gold with the USA at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and returned in the following summer to win gold at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. She also competed in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, finishing in third place, and won her third gold medal with the USA at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, averaging 7.7 ppg. and 7.3 rpg.
  • Cameron Brink was one of 18 finalists for the 2017 USA U16 National Team, and she earned her first roster selection the following summer as a member of the USA team that won gold at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. She finished in third place with team Denver at the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, and she won her second gold medal as a member of the 2019 USA U19 World Cup team that defeated Australia in overtime of the gold-medal game.
  • Jenna Brown took part in trials for the 2015 USA U16 National Team, won a bronze medal as a member of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team and won gold as a member of the 2018 USA U18 National Team. She also took part in trials for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team.
  • Maya Dodson took part in trials for the 2015 USA U16 National Team and in the following summer was a member of the bronze-medal winning USA team at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, where she contributed 7.1 ppg. and 5.3 rpg.
  • Haley Jones took part in trials for the 2015 USA U16 National Team, 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team and 2017 USA U16 National Team and was named to her first USA roster for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, where the USA won gold as she contributed 10.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 3.1 apg. and was named to the all-tournament team. She participated in the USA’s training camp at the 2019 NCAA Final Four, competed in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, where her team finished second, and participate in trials for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team.
  • Kiana Williams won a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games, where she recorded 5.2 ppg. and 2.4 apg., and she also participated in trials for the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team, 2015 USA U16 National Team and 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team.
  • Anna Wilson won gold with USA Basketball at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup, and she participated in trials for the 2013 USA U16 National Team.
  • Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer eight times served as a USA Basketball head coach, beginning in 1986 and concluding at the 1996 Olympic Games. Overall, she led USA teams to four gold medals and one bronze medal and an 88-8 record (.917 winning percentage) as a USA head coach. She guided the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team to a perfect, 8-0 record and gold medal in Atlanta, and ahead of the Games led the 1995-96 USA National Team to a 52-0 tally.

    She began her USA Basketball coaching career as head mentor for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team, and she led the 1990 USA Select Team to a 2-3 record. She won gold medals as the USA head coach at the 1991 World University Games Team, 1993 World Championship Qualifier and 1994 Goodwill Games; and to a bronze medal as the USA head coach at the 1994 FIBA World Cup.
  • Assistant coach Katy Steding won gold playing for VanDerveer at the 1996 Olympic Games and was a part of the 1995-96 USA National Team’s 52-0 record. She was a member of the 1995 Pan American Games team but did not compete; won gold at the 1993 Tournament of the Americas and 1991 World University Games, also playing for VanDerveer at that event; and she was a member of the 1990 USA Select Blue Team.

Tennessee

  • Jordan Horston won back-to-back gold medals with USA Basketball, starting with the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and including the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. Averaging 10.1 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 5.1 apg. and 3.4 spg., she was named MVP and to the all-tournament team at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, and she also earned all-tournament honors as the USA won three games at an exhibition tournament ahead of the 2018 U17 Worlds.

Texas

  • Charli Collier earned a bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, where she averaged 5.7 ppg. and 3.6 rpg. as the USA finished with a 6-1 record. She also participated in the 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials and 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team Trials.
  • Celeste Taylor, who participated in the 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials, won her first of three gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She also won gold at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup with an overtime victory over Australia in the championship game.
  • Texas head coach Vic Schaefer served as an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Team that finished with a 4-1 record and the silver medal.

Texas A&M

  • Alexis Morris won a bronze medal with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 13.6 ppg. and 3.2 apg., and she was named as a finalist for the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team.
  • Jordan Nixon was named to the 2018 USA U18 National Team and 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team but was unable to participate in either. She also took part in trials for the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team.
  • A&M head coach Gary Blair was head coach for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team that finished in fourth place and was an assistant coach for the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that captured gold with a perfect 9-0 mark.

UCLA

  • Natalie Chou was a member of the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-0 record. She also won the 2014 and 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournaments, earned a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and participated in the 2017 USA U23 National Team training camp and trials for the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team and 2013 USA U16 National Team.
  • Lauryn Miller won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 5.0 ppg. and 6.3 rpg.
  • Michaela Onyenwere, who participated in the 2019 USA National Team's FIBA AmeriCup training camp in Miami, won a silver medal with the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games, where she contributed 10.0 ppg. and 7.8 rpg. She also participated in trials for the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team and played in the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship and the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, finishing in third place in 2019.
  • Charisma Osborne, who was a finalist for the 2017 USA U16 National Team, won a gold medal as a member of the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team, and she took part in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials.
  • UCLA head coach Cori Close helped lead the USA to a gold medal as an assistant coach for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team and as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Women's U18 National Team. She also was a court coach at the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team training camp.

Washington State

  • WSU head coach Kamie Ethridge has represented USA Basketball in international competition as a coach and athlete. She assisted the 2016 USA U18 National Team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup, where she was an assistant for the silver-medal winning USA team. A 1988 Olympic and 1986 FIBA World Cup gold medalist as an athlete, Ethridge also helped the USA capture gold at the 1987 Pan American Games and 1986 Goodwill Games and a silver medal at the 1985 World University Games.

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Briana Weiss, assistant director for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program since May 2019, has been promoted to USA Basketball Women’s National Team director .

Carol Callan steps away from USA Basketball after helping steer the program to a seventh-straight Olympic gold medal, five of the past six FIBA World Cup golds and countless gold medals at junior events.

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