USA Basketball announced that Northwestern women's basketball head coach Joe McKeown (left) will be the head coach for the 2015 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team.
McKeown and the USA squad will be assisted by collegiate head coaches Holly Warlick from the University of Tennessee and Tanya Warren from the University of Northern Iowa. The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
"While Joe McKeown, Holly Warlick and Tanya Warren haven't coached for USA Basketball previously, they all three bring outstanding experience as coaches in the college game," said Jim Foster (Tennessee at Chattanooga), chair of the USA Women's Junior National Team Committee. "The committee really feels that given their achievements with their respective teams, they will be able to continue the success that USA Basketball has enjoyed at the World University Games."
The 2015 World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 4-13 in Gwangju, South Korea. Held every other year, the World University Games is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The WUGs are a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between 1/1/88 and 12/31/98), who are enrolled as a full-time collegiate student with remaining eligibility for the 2015-16 school year.
Trials to select the 2015 USA World University Games Team will be held May 14-17, 2015, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Invitations to attend trials will be issued in April to approximately 30 athletes who have at least one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.
"It's a great honor to named the head coach for the World University Games team and to be involved with USA Basketball," said McKeown. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to represent Northwestern University. I especially want to thank Carol Callan and USA Basketball for thinking of me and having the confidence to name me as the coach of this team and allowing me to be part of this prestigious program.
"I'm thrilled to share the bench with a gifted coaching staff that includes Holly Warlick and Tanya Warren. It will provide all three of us with great experiences and allow us to share ideas with one another as we take this team to South Korea. There is a wealth of knowledge on this staff, and we will work hard to represent the United States. I'm already looking forward to training camp, and of course, on to South Korea to go after the gold medal."
McKeown is a 29-year (1986-87 to present) coaching veteran who has compiled a 620-284 (.686) record overall and a 111-110 (.502) record in seven seasons at Northwestern. Prior to his arrival, Northwestern had last advanced to the postseason in 1997, and in just his second year McKeown took NU to the WNIT Sweet 16.
This past season McKeown coached the Wildcats to a 23-9 record, which marked the program's most victories since the 1995-96 season, and NU received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. When Northwestern entered the Associated Press top-25 poll for the first time since 1996 in February, McKeown became only the 10th head coach to lead at least three different programs to that distinction having also done so in stops at New Mexico State and George Washington.
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