Feb. 26, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico was named to the coaching staff of the USA Basketball U18 National Team on Wednesday (Feb. 26) and will join head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and assistant coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) on the sidelines this summer. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
The trio will lead the USA at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (dates and site TBA), which will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing countries will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
"It has always been a dream of mine to be involved with USA Basketball and represent our country," Barnes Arico said. "It is one of the highest honors you can achieve in any sport. To get an opportunity to be surrounded by the best players and coaches in the game is exciting. I am thrilled to be teaming up with two of the brightest minds in the business."
It is the first time in her career that Barnes Arico will coach with USA Basketball. Since coming to Ann Arbor prior to the 2012-13 season, Barnes Arico has led Michigan to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and compiled the best single-season record in program history (22-11) in 2012-13. She has coached four All-Big Ten selections and an Academic All-American during her stint in Ann Arbor. Barnes Arico eclipsed the 300-win plateau earlier this season and carries a 309-227 record in 19 years of coaching. The Wolverines are 17-11 this season, despite losing 89 percent of their offense from a season ago. Michigan has never dipped below .500 in Big Ten play during Barnes Arico's tenure.
"Being from the East Coast, I grew up in the same era as Dawn Staley," Barnes Arico said. "I enjoyed watching how she played the game with such drive and passion. She has not only proven to be one of the greatest players to ever play the game but also to be one of the best coaches of our generation. The success she has had at Temple and South Carolina, building powerhouses at both schools, is truly incredible. I have watched her from afar with great admiration and respect. I am truly looking forward to coaching with and learning from her.
"Jeff Walz and I have developed a friendship over the years after coaching against each other in the Big East," Barnes Arico continued. "We have had some great battles against each other on the court, and I have always been able to learn something from every game I have coached against him. He is a tremendous coach and his record over the past few years speaks for itself. He has shown himself to be one of the bright and up-and-coming coaches in the country. I am excited to work alongside him."
USA Basketball will conduct trials for the 2014 USA Women's U18 National Team May 23-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the U18 tournament was held every four years from 1998-2004. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2004 championship, and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship.
USA women's teams boast of a remarkable 43-2 overall record in U18/Junior Qualifiers and have won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver medals in 1992 and 1996.
USA Basketball Women's U18 Team
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