WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Basketball Coach Natasha Adair has been selected as a court coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team trials. The selections of Adair and Drake University's Jennie Baranczyk were made by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee.
"We are excited about Natasha and Jennie joining the U19 World Cup staff in Colorado Springs to assist with training camp. Both have made significant impacts in their respective programs by bringing their teams to consecutive postseason tournaments. Equally important, they have both developed multiple all-conference players in their respective leagues. These young athletes will benefit from their knowledge and passion for the game as they aim for the seventh-consecutive gold medal in our U19 age group this summer," said USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee chairman Jennifer Rizzotti.
Adair and Baranczyk will assist the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team coaching staff of Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh) and assistant coaches Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado) and Charlotte Smith (Elon) during team trials, which will take place May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Six-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
In her third season at Georgetown, Adair led the Hoyas to a 17-13 record in 2016-17 and a second-consecutive Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance. The squad also had a pair of All-BIG EAST honorees. In her past two seasons on the Hilltop, Adair has amassed a record of 33-27 and helped GU to one of the biggest turnarounds in the country in 2015-16.
"I'm truly grateful to be selected as a court coach by the USA Basketball committee," said Adair. "I'm looking forward to working with some the best coaches and players in the country. The is not only an honor, but also an opportunity of a lifetime."
Prior to the Hilltop, Adair was at the helm of the College of Charleston for two seasons (2012-13 to 2013-14), where she helped the Cougars to 16 wins in her first season and a 19-15 record in her second. After earning consecutive berths to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI), Adair became the first coach in program history to lead teams to back-to-back postseason tournaments.
Adair, who played collegiately at Pensacola Junior College before spending two seasons at the University of South Florida in 1992-93 to 1993-94, previously spent 13 seasons in the assistant coaching ranks, with seven years (2004-05 to 2011-12) at Wake Forest University and six seasons (1998-99 to 2003-04) at Georgetown University. The Silver Spring, Md., native's coaching career has seen her develop and mentor 12 players who went on to play at the professional level.
"I'm looking forward to my role as a court coach for USA Basketball because of the opportunity to coach, teach, develop and impart my 20 years of coaching experience to some of the best players in the country."
Training camp for the USA U19 Women's World Cup Team will begin on July 7, with the official 12-member team to be selected prior to its departure for Italy.