McCONNELL READY TO COACH USA INTERNATIONAL TEAM AGAIN

IUP women’s basketball coach Tom McConnell will spend a second consecutive summer as assistant coach of USA Basketball’s U17 Women’s World Cup team, which is made up of girls under 17 and will play at the FIBA ​​U17 Women’s World Cup 2022 on July 9.e at 17e in Debrecen, Hungary.

McConnell will once again serve under head coach Sue Phillips of Archbishop Mitty High School in California and the San Jose Cagers club team, renewing a partnership with Phillips that led the U16 national team to the gold medal last year. Brittanny Johnson, a high school coach from Illinois, is also on the staff.

Six of the players from last year’s U16 squad make it into this year’s U17 squad.

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IUP’s Tom McConnell ready for another summer with USA Basketball

June 14, 2022

INDIANA, Pennsylvania – For the second consecutive summer, the head coach of the Indiana University women’s basketball team in Pennsylvania (IUP) Tom McConnell will be a member of the USA Basketball coaching staff.

In March, it was announced that McConnell would serve as an assistant coach for the USA 2022 Women’s Basketball U17 World Cup team, which is scheduled to compete in the FIBA ​​U17 Women’s World Cup 2022 from March 9 to July 17 in Debrecen, Hungary. He is part of a team that includes head coach Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty/San Jose Cagers) and fellow assistant coach Brittanny Johnson (Evanston Township HS, Illinois). Coaching selections were made by the United States Women’s National Basketball Team Development Committee.

“It’s really special, I love being back with the USA Basketball coaching staff and staff,” McConnell said. “It’s such a positive environment – ​​it’s uplifting and inspiring. I say it’s like getting your doctorate in basketball and learning from these great coaches.

This is McConnell’s second summer with USA Basketball. He joined Phillips as they led the 2021 U16 National Team to a gold medal at the 2021 FIBA ​​Americas U16 Championship, going 6-0 in tournament play and averaging 88 points per game. After winning Group B, Team USA beat Costa Rica (121-12) in the quarterfinals, Mexico (121-30) in the semifinals and Canada (118-45) for the gold medal. gold.

The United States won its sixth gold medal in event history and improved to 42-1 overall in the tournament.

“Having been with Coach Phillips and knowing her system, I feel really comfortable with what she wants and how she wants to teach it,” McConnell said. “I am his biggest fan. I’ve adopted his system and use it to try to bring out the best in our players.

This summer, McConnell joins Phillips and Johnson to lead a 12-member U17 squad that was announced earlier this month after six days of trying out in Colorado Springs. The U17 national team includes Sunaja Agara, Madison Booker, Jaloni Cambridge, Morgan Cheli, Breya Cunningham, Jadyn Donovan, Hannah Hidalgo, Mackenly Randolph, Kennedy Umeh, Judea Watkins, Jada Williams and Mikaylah Williams.

Six of these players are familiar to McConnell, having coached Booker, Cambridge, Cunningham, Donovan, Watkins and Jada Williams in the FIBA ​​U16 Women’s Americas Championship last summer.

“The first day of arriving in Colorado Springs to see the players I coached last year and having that moment with them was really exciting,” McConnell said. “Last year was something we will always cherish. But we quickly realized that it was a new year, a new challenge, and new opponents. The competition will be tougher. We enjoyed those times, but now it’s time to go to work.

“This year we are training in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center,” McConnell said. “Last year we couldn’t do it because of COVID, so being in Colorado this summer is really something special. I walk into the gym where all these Olympians trained and then I put on head into the gymnastics training center and then into the pool that Michael Phelps trained in. To be a part of that is very special.

The United States have won the FIBA ​​U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup four of the five times the event has been held, most recently in 2018.

McConnell and the USA team will meet to train for a week at the end of June before flying to Madrid for three friendlies against Spain, France and Australia. From there, they will fly to Hungary to participate in the Women’s World Cup from July 9 to 17.

About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by the retired General. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body of basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding for US national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international five-on-five, 3×3 and esports competitions, as well as some domestic competitions and the development of a youth basketball initiative that addresses player development, coach education and safety, while promoting, developing and elevating the game.

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