Gators coach Billy Donovan to lead USA Basketball again
For the third straight year, Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan has been selected to be the head coach for the USA Basketball Men's U18 National team.
Donovan will assume the role for the 2014 after leading the 2012 and 2013 teams to a combined 14-0 record and two gold medals at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
“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.”
Donovan will be joined on staff by Arizona head coach Sean Miller and Providence College head coach Ed Cooley, who will serve as Donovan’s assistant coaches. While both assistant coaches will be aiding on a USA Basketball U18 national team for the first time, they each have served as court coaches during training camps.
Miller's Arizona team is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, while Donvoan's Gators are ranked No. 3.
“I have a lot of respect for Sean Miller and Ed Cooley, and I’m really looking forward to coaching with them,” Donovan said. “I look at this as a collaborative effort between all of us, and I know it will be a great experience working alongside both men.”
In his first two terms as a USA head coach, Donovan led the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which qualified the USA for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, where he led the USA to a 9-0 record and another gold medal.
For his outstanding performance Donovan was named the 2013 USA Basketball co-National Coach of the Year, and his U19 squad was named the 2013 USA Basketball Team of the Year.
“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, which is responsible for selecting the USA men’s U18 coaching staff. “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.”