April 20, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 20, 2011) -- 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.
“It is always the highest honor to be asked to work with any level of USA Basketball,” said Bruno, who owns an overall record of 487-271 (.642 winning percentage) at DePaul, including a 29-7 mark in 2010-11 as his team advanced to the 2011 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. “To be asked to work with the USA National Team takes special to another level.
“We will all be blessed to work with a great coach in Geno and the absolute best players in the world; players who are also Great People. Having the opportunity to work with Carol Callan and Jim Tooley together with all of the USA Basketball staff and USA Basketball Committees makes coaching with USA Basketball one of the most positive experiences in coaching anywhere in the world.”
During his stint as an assistant coach with the 2009-10 USA National Team, Bruno aided Auriemma and the USA to a 3-0 mark and gold medal at the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, a victory in the 2009 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game and a 3-1 pre-World Championship exhibition slate. In all, and including the 9-0 mark posted by the U.S. at the ’10 Worlds, Bruno has assisted the USA National Team to a 16-1 record and a pair of golds.
Prior to assisting the 2010 USA World Championship Team to gold, Bruno headed up a pair of age-based teams in back-to-back summers, compiling a perfect 16-0 record along the way. For his efforts, Bruno was named the co-recipient of the 2006 and 2007 USA Basketball Developmental National Coach of the Year awards, becoming the first two-time winner of the award.
In 2007, Bruno guided the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team to a 9-0 record and the gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The USA dominated the competition by an average scoring margin of 34.6 points a game. Prior to the U19 Worlds, the USA notched a 3-0 record in an exhibition tournament.
Bruno's first USA Basketball coaching assignment came in 2006 as head coach of the USA U18 FIBA Americas Championship Team. The USA tallied a 4-0 record in Colorado Springs, Colo., capturing the gold medal and qualifying the USA for the FIBA U19 World Championship.
In his 25 seasons (1976-77 through 1977-78 and 1988-89 to present) at DePaul and having coached two seasons (1978-79 through 1979-80) in the Women's Basketball League (WBL), Bruno has compiled a head coach career record of 527-301 (.636 winning percentage).
In all, Bruno has led the DePaul women to 19 postseason appearances in the past 22 years and nine straight NCAA Tournaments since 2003. In 2006 the Blue Demons finished the year with a 27-7 mark and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in history, a feat he repeated this year.
“I am honored to be invited to work with USA Basketball and am looking forward to the opportunity to learn from one of the best coaches in the business,” said USA Basketball newcomer Gaines, who led the Mercury to the 2009 WNBA crown. “It will be a great learning experience for me.”
Entering his fourth season as head coach for the Phoenix Mercury, Gaines, who just completed his first season as a player development coach for the NBA Phoenix Suns, comes to the USA Basketball sideline after leading the Mercury to a 54-48 record (.529) over the last three seasons and the 2009 WNBA title.
In addition to the WNBA crown, Gaines guided the Mercury to the 2010 Western Conference Finals.
Prior to taking over the team, Gaines was a two-year (2006 and 2007) assistant under Paul Westhead and assisted the Mercury to the 2007 WNBA championship. The Mercury in those two years posted a combined 41-27 mark, including a 23-11 slate in 2007 to finish atop the Western Conference standings.
A 17-year professional veteran, Gaines spent five years in the NBA playing for Denver, New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and advanced to the 1994 NBA Finals with the Knicks. He also spent 12 years competing internationally in Europe and Japan. While in Europe he helped Scavolini Basket advance to the 1995 European Championship quarterfinals and led all competitors for assists (5.8 apg.) in the 1999 Saporta Cup.
Gaines competed three years (1983-84 through 1985-86) for UCLA, where he played alongside Reggie Miller as the Bruins posted a combined 53-37 mark and captured the 1985 NIT championship. Gaines owns three-year averages at UCLA of 4.3 ppg. and 2.0 apg.
Gaines transferred to Loyola Marymount University for his final season, where he earned 1988 All-West Coast Conference first team honors while playing for Westhead. Playing alongside Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, Gaines started all 31 games and averaged 17.4 ppg. and 8.7 apg. as LMU went undefeated in West Coast Conference play, earned the WCC Tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round.
“I am extremely excited to rejoin the coaching staff and work with this elite group of players during training camp,” said Gillom, who advanced Los Angeles in her first season at the helm of the Sparks to the 2010 WNBA Playoffs. “I had a wonderful experience working with everyone during the World Championship and I look forward to this new challenge and the opportunity to work with Geno again.”
During her stint as an assistant coach with the 2009-10 USA National Team, Gillom aided Auriemma and the USA to a 3-0 mark and gold medal at the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, a victory in the 2009 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game and a 3-1 pre-World Championship exhibition slate. In all, and including the 9-0 mark posted by the U.S. at the ’10 Worlds, Gillom has assisted the USA National Team to a 16-1 record and a pair of golds.
A player on six different USA Basketball teams, Gillom won five gold medals and one silver medal during her international basketball career and was named the 1985 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. A 1988 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Gillom aided the 1986 and 2002 USA World Championship teams to gold, was a member of the 1987 USA Pan American Games and 1986 USA Goodwill Games squads that earned gold and garnered a silver medal with the 1985 USA World University Games Team. Additionally, Gillom served on the 2005-08 USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee.
The 2009 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee was hired by the Sparks as head coach on Dec. 14, 2010, after spending two years with the Minnesota Lynx. She guided Los Angeles to the 11th WNBA Playoff appearance in franchise history despite losing star forward and Olympic gold medalist Candace Parker to a shoulder injury just 10 games into the season. Serving as an assistant coach for the Lynx in 2008, Gillom was elevated to head coach prior to the start of the 2009 season. Starting the year 4-1, in their sixth game Gillom and the Lynx lost All-Star guard and Olympic gold medalist Augustus to a torn ACL in her left knee. Despite missing one of the league's top players, Gillom helped keep the Lynx within striking distance of the playoffs.
For six seasons (2004-05 to 2009-10) Gillom worked in Phoenix at Xavier College Preparatory, a Catholic, all-female private high school, where she coached the basketball teams to a 117-27 record for a remarkable .813 winning percentage. Gillom, a four-time regional coach of the year honoree, advanced the Gators to the state tournament every year and earned one regional title.
The 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship of the Year award recipient spent the first six years of her seven-year WNBA career with the Mercury. Traded to Los Angeles for her final season, Gillom and the Sparks advanced to the 2003 WNBA Finals. A member of the 1999 All-Star Game West Team, Gillom was also named to the 1997 All-WNBA first team and 1998 All-WNBA second team. Gillom helped lead the Mercury to three playoff berths (1997, 1998, 2000), where they advanced to the 1998 WNBA Finals.
Gillom enjoyed a lengthy professional career overseas prior to joining the WNBA playing for teams in Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey.
Gillom played collegiately for Van Chancellor at Ole Miss, where she was the 1986 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Female Athlete of the Year. A 1986 Kodak All-American, Gillom earned 1986 NCAA Midwest Regional MVP and 1985 All-Mideast Region honors and was a four-time All-SEC first team selection. During her four-year career (1982-83 to 1985-86), Gillom helped her teams to a 103-23 record (.817 winning percentage), four NCAA appearances, including a pair of Sweet Sixteens (1983, 1984) and two Elite Eight finishes (1985, 1986), and a share of three SEC West titles.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Geno, Doug and Jen again,” said Meadors, who as head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Dream advanced her squad to the 2010 WNBA Finals in just its third year of existence. “I really thought that last year in the Czech Republic for the World Championship, the staff had so much chemistry and worked together so well, and I thought it carried over to the team. They worked together so well, too. Hopefully we can keep all that going and keep winning, that’s the key.”
Meadors has been a member of four USA Basketball team staffs. In addition to her stint as an assistant to the 2010 USA World Championship Team that captured gold with an unblemished mark, Meadors served as the head coach for the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team that captured a gold medal. She then was the assistant coach for the gold medal winning 1992 USA R. William Jones Cup Team and returned in 1993 as the head coach for the USA Jones Cup squad that returned home with the bronze medal.
A six-year WNBA head coach, Meadors has spent the last three seasons (2008-10) as head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Dream, where she orchestrated the second-best turnaround in league history. The Dream in its inaugural season in 2008 finished with a 4-30 mark, but after making some off-season trades and drafting eventual 2009 Rookie of the Year McCoughtry, Atlanta posted an 18-18 mark and earned a 2009 playoff berth. For her efforts, she earned the 2009 WNBA Coach of the Year award.
Previously, Meadors spent three years (1997-99) as head coach and general manager of the Charlotte Sting and finished second in the Eastern Conference in 1998 and 1999. Meadors, who owns a 85-75 head coaching record in the league, also served a three-year (2005-07) stint as an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics and aided the Mystics to a 50-52 mark and the 2006 playoffs.
In all, Meadors is a 37-year coaching veteran who got her start at Tennessee Tech in 1970-71. She spent 26 years as a collegiate head coach, 16 at Tennessee Tech (1970-71 through 1985-86) and 10 seasons at Florida State University (1986-87 through 1995-96), and guided teams to a 495-297 record for a 62.5 winning percentage. At Tennessee Tech, where she never posted a losing season and compiled 20 or more victories in 13 seasons, Meadors was the 1984 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year.
Between WNBA coaching jobs Meadors was an assistant coach on the sideline at the University of Pittsburgh for two seasons (2003-04 through 2004-05).