Pitt women's basketball coach McConnell-Serio to lead under-18 U.S. national team
March 8, 2016 12:39 PM
Suzie McConnell-Serio just completed her third season as Pitt women's basketball coach.
By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt women's coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was named the head coach for the United States under-18 national team for the upcoming FIBA Americas championship today.
McConnell-Serio, who recently completed her third season as the Panthers' head coach, has two Olympic medals as a member of Team USA: a gold in 1988 and a bronze in 1992.
She also served as an assistant for the U.S. team in the 2011 World University Games.
This summer, she will lead the U.S. in the FIBA U18 Championship, which will run from July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile. The top four teams from that competition — which will include countries from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean — will advance to the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
“It’s such an incredible honor to be named the head coach for USA Basketball,” McConnell-Serio said in a statement. “I was shocked to be asked and also thankful that the committee selected me. You never imagine something like this happening, and when you’re asked to do it there is no hesitation because to represent your country and wear USA on your chest, there is no greater sense of pride. I am so excited to have this opportunity.”
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