Four-time Olympic gold medalist and former Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings has been named to serve on the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee, as announced with committee representatives for various men’s and women’s USA Basketball committees.
USA Basketball committees, which will select coaches and athletes for various USA Basketball teams for the 2017-2020 quadrennium, are now in place and include representatives from USA Basketball’s constituent organizations, as well as at least one former USA Basketball athlete representative on each committee.
Catchings, recently named as Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will assist the committee in issuing invitations for trials and training camps and select coaching staffs and team members for USA Basketball U16 and U17 National Teams that will compete in the 2018 and 2020 FIBA U17 World Cups and 2017 and 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championships.
The USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committees is comprised of AAU, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), athlete and at-large representatives. Chairing the USA Women’s Developmental National Team Committee is USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan, who also serves as chair of the 2017-20 USA Women’s National Team Steering Committee.
Athlete representatives on the Women’s Developmental National Team Committee include Catchings and DeLisha Milton-Jones, a two-time Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medalist. Serving as at-large representatives are Westmont College head coach Kirsten Moore and Illinois Wesleyan University head coach Mia Smith. 1980 Olympian Jill Rankin Schneider, who served as head coach of the USA’s gold medalist 2012 U17 World Championship and 2011 U16 Championship teams, currently is head coach at Monterey High School (Texas) and will represent the NFHS, while Kevin Lynch of the Philadelphia Belles will represent the AAU.