Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wingate's Barbara Nelson to coach USA Basketball U17 team

Former Providence Day girls basketball coach Barbara Nelson will return to serve as coach of the USA Basketball U17 team, which will play in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women July 16-25 in France.

Nelson, now head women's coach at Wingate, coached the USA U16 team to a gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Americans U16 championship last summer. Team USA outscored five opponents by an average of 70 points per game.

The USA will conduct trials for Nelson’s U17 team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center June 8-11. Butler’s Cierra Burdick, a junior committed to Tennesssee, played on the U16 team last summer.