Release courtesy of USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Returning to lead the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Cup Team will be USA and Tufts University head coach Carla Berube, along with USA assistant coaches Steve Gomez of Lubbock Christian University and Vanessa Nygaard of Windward School in California.
The trio, which helped the USA qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup with a gold-medal finish at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this past summer, will lead the USA at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup from July 21-29 at Minsk's Sport Palace and Falcon Club in Minsk, Belarus.
"We are excited to have Carla, Steve and Vanessa return to lead the USA U17 World Cup Team," said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women's national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting players and coaches for USA women's U16 and U17 teams. "This trio of coaches had a very successful summer in 2017 and led the USA to a gold-medal finish and qualified the USA women for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. We are confident the staff again will develop the selected USA players on and off the court, and the team will be well prepared to challenge for the 2018 U17 World Cup title."
Berube will enter her second head coaching assignment with USA Basketball. In addition to leading the 2017 USA Women's U16 National Team, Berube served as a court coach at the 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team Trials.
As a USA Basketball athlete, she was a member of the bronze medalist 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team.
Berube, who was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, has spent 16 years (2002-03 to present) as head coach at Tufts, where she owns a 356-93 record and a .793 winning percentage. In 2017-18, Berube led the Jumbos to a 26-5 record, the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament championship game and the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.
"It's an amazing honor to be named the head coach of the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Cup Team," Berube said. "I had an outstanding experience coaching the U16 team last year, and I look forward to representing USA Basketball again this summer. Coaching the best and the brightest girls basketball players in the country is an incredible privilege. I can't wait to get started."
Trials to select the finalists for the 12-member 2018 USA Women's U17 World Cup Team will be held May 24-28 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The finalists will remain in Colorado Springs for training camp and the naming of the official roster. The team will open its final training camp on July 4.
Athletes received invitations to attend trials in late March, and it again was possible for athletes who did not receive an invitation to participate in trials by submitting an application by April 3. Due to space limitations, a maximum of 115 applicant athletes will be permitted to attend trials, as determined by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee. Athletes will be notified of the committee's decision to attend trials by April 13, and the complete trials roster will be announced in late April. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).