Billy Donovan tabbed to coach U18 Men's National Team
Billy Donovan has done a terrific job with USA Basketball thus far -- and he will get another go-round as head coach of the U18 team.
After leading the USA to an unbeaten record and two gold medals the past two years, Florida head coach Billy Donovan is back at the helm of the U18's Men's National Team.
Donovan coached the USA team at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, leading them to a 5-0 record and a gold medal. As a result, the team qualified to play in the 2013 U19 World Championship, for which Donovan was also the head coach. There, Donovan led the team to another gold medal and a 9-0 record.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again this summer,” Donovan said. “I’ve said it before, but anytime you are chosen to represent your country, that is really something special. USA Basketball is an outstanding organization, and I’m looking forward to another challenge at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.”
Two first-time men's national team coaches will join Donovan on staff, as Arizona's Sean Miller and Providence's Ed Cooley will serve as assistant coaches.
“Coach Donovan is not only one of the great college basketball coaches but he has proven to be successful with USA Basketball as well,” said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. “Coach Cooley and Coach Miller give us a staff of great teachers and great coaches. The U18 team will be well prepared for international competition.”
USA Basketball's training camp for the 12-player roster will take place June 10-19 in Colorado Springs.
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