May 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (May 13) that Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley will be one three court coaches for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp. The other two court coaches are Tim Ryan from the College of Central Florida and Buzz Williams of Marquette. The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team committee made the coaching selections.
The three court coaches will assist the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team coaching staff during the June 14-19 training camp.
"It is a privilege and an honor to be invited to participate in the USA Basketball training camp for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship," Cooley said. "USA Basketball has so much tradition and history. It exemplifies the very best in basketball, and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff."
The USA Team at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be played June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic, will be led by former Friar and current Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan and assistant coaches Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University and Gonzaga University's Mark Few.
Training camp for the 2013 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Approximately 25 elite U19 players are expected to attend the training camp, which will be utilized to select the USA's 12-member team. Only U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1994) are eligible for the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team.
The training camp will begin on June 14 with the first session scheduled at 5:00-7:30 p.m. (all times listed are MDT). Training continues with practices from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. on June 15 and 8:30-11:00 a.m. on June 16. The court coaches will depart for home on June 16, when finalists for the USA U19 Team are expected to be announced by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee.
In his second season as the head coach at Providence, Cooley led the Friars to a 19-15 record overall and a 9-9 mark in the BIG EAST in 2012-13. The Friars advanced to the NIT quarterfinals before losing to eventual NIT Champion Baylor. In seven seasons as a head coach, Cooley has posted a 126-101 mark.