USA Basketball Rounds out Their Coaching Staff for World Cup, Olympics
The US Basketball Men’s National Team has announced the coaching staff that will be joining Gregg Popovich for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan.
Steve Kerr, who has led the Golden State Warriors to three championship over the past four years. Nat McMillan, the head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and Jay Wright, the head coach of the Villanova Wildcats. Wright has helped Villanova secure two NCAA championships over the last three years.
“Led by coach Popovich, we have assembled an incredible coaching staff for the USA National Team, and we are excited to have Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright join the team as assistant coaches,” said Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball. “It’s special that each coach has prior USA Basketball experience as either a player or coach, and each coach has compiled a successful and impressive resume. I’m very confident that the USA Basketball National Team is in excellent hands the next two years.”
“I am honored and fortunate to have such gifted coaches share this USA Basketball responsibility with me,” said Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. “Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright are not just knowledgeable, dedicated individuals, but they exhibit the creativity, tenacity and respect for the game needed to compete in the international arena.
“I look forward to joining them as USA Basketball attempts to extend the stellar success they’ve enjoyed over the past 12 years.”
The World Cup will take place at the start of next fall, while the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will occur between July 24 and August 9.