USA basketball announced on Thursday its three coaches for its Women’s basketball U-16 National team and Arlington Bowie head coach Kelly Carruthers was named an assistant.
She will join head coach Mark Campbell (Union University, Tenn.) and assistant Ruth Sinn (University of St. Thomas, Minn.).
“This trio of coaches has compiled impressive records of success at their schools, and our committee is delighted to have them take the reins of the U16 national team program,” USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan said in a press release. “Proven winners, teachers and eager representatives of our country, this staff is the right group of coaches to go to Chile to compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and earn a spot in next year’s FIBA U17 World Cup.”
Trials to select the 12-member USA U16 National Team will be held May 23-27 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following the trials, team finalists will remain for training camp through May 31, when the official 12-member roster is expected to be announced. Training camp will be held June 5-15, with the 2019 U16 FIBA Americas Championship competition running June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile.
Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 2003.
“I am extremely blessed to represent the USA through basketball,” Carruthers said in the release. “Being named a USA coach is a dream come true. I feel extremely honored to be selected to assist with amazing coaches and the best players in the USA.”
Carruthers has a 228-53 record in eight seasons with the Volunteers, including seven district coach of the year awards. The Vols have been district champs and have reached at least the second round of the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons.