Gaines to Assist at 2011 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Training Camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Gathering for the first time since winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team will train for three days, May 10-12, in Las Vegas, USA Basketball announced today. Additionally, four experienced head coaches, including Doug Bruno (DePaul University), Corey Gaines (Phoenix Mercury), Jennifer Gillom (Los Angeles Sparks) and Marynell Meadors (Atlanta Dream), have been tapped to serve as court coaches during the training camp, which will be held at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion practice gym starting at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) each day.
The four will work with 2009-12 USA National Team head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) and the participating USA National Team members during the three-day camp. Athletes participating in the training camp will be announced at a later date.
“I’m excited to get everyone together again,” said Auriemma. “We don’t have a lot of time together prior to the Olympics and it’s really important to be able to have everyone on the same page. It’ll be great to see all the guys who didn’t play last fall and how hungry they are to make the Olympic team next year. We’ve also had some guys with injuries, who should be back to 100 percent. It’s going to be a very competitive three days.
“I’m also looking forward to working with Doug, Jen and Marynell again, along with Corey Gaines. They all bring different things to the mix and will help me and the players get the most out of this camp.”
Bruno, Gillom and Meadors most recently served as assistant coaches to Auriemma and the 2010 USA World Championship Team as it rolled to a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal, which earned the U.S. its 2012 Olympic berth. This marks the first USA Basketball experience for Gaines, who led the 2009 Phoenix Mercury to the WNBA crown.
The 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team is currently comprised of 24 athletes, they are: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Shameka Christon (Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Ebony Hoffman (Los Angeles Sparks), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).
Four-time defending Olympic gold medalists, the U.S. will look to capture a fifth straight gold medal and extend its 33-game Olympic winning streak at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The Olympic basketball competition will be held July 28-Aug. 12 in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena. Aside from the host country Great Britain and the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 12-nation field has not yet been set for the 2012 Olympic Games.