Bishop McGuinness girls coach Brian Robinson has been named an assistant coach with the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team.
Robinson and Somerset (N.J.) Rutgers Prep coach Mary Coyle Klinger will serve as assistants to head coach Sue Phillips (San Jose, Calif., Archbishop Mitty H.S.), reuniting the staff that guided Team USA to a gold medal in FIBA Americas qualifying for the world championships.
“USA Basketball is confident that this coaching staff will do a tremendous job leading this young USA Basketball team at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, just as they did this past summer at the zone qualifier,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball’s Women’s National Team Director and non-voting chair of the USA Women’s Developmental Committee.
“Mary and Brian bring a wealth of success, experience and expertise to the coaching staff,” Phillips said. “Their knowledge of the game and understanding of our system provides the players with ample opportunity to learn and grow.”
On top of his 2013 U16 coaching position and committee experience, Robinson guided the USA Blue Team to a 2-3 record and a silver medal in the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival. His Bishop McGuinness teams have won a state-record nine consecutive NCHSAA Class 1-A state championships.
“Having the opportunity to again work with Sue and Mary is a wonderful feeling,” Robinson said. “Mary and I understand how Sue wants certain things done and the pace at which she wants those things to be taught, which should allow us to be more efficient with our time in practices. Knowing that we have that familiarity and chemistry from a coaching standpoint going into this year’s trials, and eventually the team setting, will serve us well as we work towards winning gold at the world championship.”
Trials to determine the 12-player roster for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 National Team will take place May 22-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the team will be selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. The USA U17 team, which will be announced May 26, will travel to the Czech Republic for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be played June 28-July 6 in the cities of Klatovy and Plzen.