Feb. 4, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (Feb. 4) that Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley will be one of two assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Cooley will work with former Friar and current Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan, who is serving as the Head Coach of the U18 team. University of Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller will be the other assistant coach.
While the location and dates for the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship are still to be announced, the competition will feature a U18 national team from eight countries throughout the FIBA Americas zone, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and the USA. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men.
USA Basketball will conduct a training camp June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which will be used to determine the 12-player roster. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2006 championship, and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship. USA men's teams are 43-2 in the U18/Junior World Championship Qualifiers and have won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again this summer," Donovan said. "I've said it before, but anytime you are chosen to represent your country, that is really something special. USA Basketball is an outstanding organization, and I'm looking forward to another challenge at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
"I have a lot of respect for Sean Miller and Ed Cooley
, and I'm really looking forward to coaching with them," Donovan added. "I look at this as a collaborative effort between all of us, and I know it will be a great experience working alongside both men."
While both assistant coaches will be aiding on a USA Basketball U18 national team for the first time, they each have served as court coaches during training camps.
Last summer, Cooley served as one of the three court coaches for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp, which was held June 14-19, 2013. Cooley also worked with Donovan, who served as the Head Coach of the U19 team last summer.
"It is an honor to represent our country and wear the red, white and blue," Cooley said. "This is special to be able to work with two future Hall of Fame coaches. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to work with and learn from Billy and Sean, not to mention we get to represent our country. It is very inspiring."
In his third season as the head coach at Providence, Cooley has led the Friars to a 16-6 record overall and a 6-3 mark in the BIG EAST this season. In eight seasons as a head coach, Cooley has posted a 142-107 mark.