WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has been named an assistant coach with the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team by USA Basketball. She will join Iowa State University’s Bill Fennelly, who will serve as the head coach, and former teammate Suzie McConnell-Serio (Duquesne University) on the sidelines.
The trio will look to defend the USA’s 2009 gold medal at the 2011 World University Games women’s basketball competition August 14-21 in Shenzhen, China.
“Being named a head coach by USA Basketball is one of the greatest honors of my professional life,” Fennelly said. “I am humbled and thankful that USA Basketball has given me this opportunity.
“I know we will have a great staff with Suzie and Terri,” Fennelly continued. “I think they are two of the best young coaches in the country, and they are even better people. Our athletes are really going to enjoy working with them.”
The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
“All three coaches have had success on the basketball court, and the committee feels their combined experience will be a tremendous asset to this team and its players,” said Sue Donohoe, NCAA Vice President for Division I women’s basketball and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. “Bill has recently won two gold medals for the USA, Suzie is an Olympic gold medalist who played in the World University Games herself in 1991 and Terri has done an impressive job at Georgetown in addition to her many years as a collegiate coach.”
While Fennelly undertakes his fourth USA Basketball coaching assignment, McConnell-Serio is a four-time USA gold medalist as an athlete, including the 1998 Olympics and 1986 FIBA World Championship and Williams-Flournoy is new to USA Basketball.
“I’m extremely excited and honored to be coaching for USA Basketball because it was an amazing experience as a player, and this is an incredible opportunity for me,” McConnell-Serio said. “I really look forward to working with Bill and Terri. Terri and I were teammates at Penn State. I’ve been impressed by the way Bill's teams play. I’m excited to be working with two great coaches.”
“I am very excited to have an opportunity to join the USA basketball family,” Williams-Flournoy said. “I am looking forward to working with Bill, who has done a wonderful job at Iowa State, as well as reuniting with my teammate from Penn State, Suzie. USA Basketball is a great organization, and I am truly thrilled about being a part of the 2011 USA Women’s World University Games Team.”
Trials to select the official, 12-member USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team will be held May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following the selection of the team and/or finalists on May 25, the athletes will return home. Training will resume at the U.S. Olympic Training Center July 31-Aug. 8, prior to the team’s departure for Shenzhen, China, and the 2011 World University Games.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The games are a multi-sport competition open to women who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility in 2011-12 or beyond.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 15 prior World University Games and collected a record seven gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled an 89-15 record.
In 2009 the USA, led by 2010 FIBA World Champion Tina Charles, posted a 7-0 slate en route to the gold medal.
Notable among the list impressive list of WUG alumni are Olympians Seimone Augustus, Carol Blazejowski, Ruthie Bolton, Sylvia Fowles, Pat Head (Summitt), Katrina McClain, McConnell (Serio), Ann Meyers (Drysdale), Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Cappie Pondexter, Ruth Riley, Katie Smith, Katy Steding, Tina Thompson, Kara Wolters and Lynette Woodward.
In addition to Donohoe, the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Joanne Boyle (University of Virginia), Coquese Washington (Penn State University) and Connie Yori (University of Nebraska), as well as athlete representative Beth Cunningham (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999 USA Pan American Games Team).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams have compiled a sterling 96-2 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, FIBA World Championships; U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships; and U18 and U16 FIBA Americas championships. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.