Davidson’s Bob McKillop To Lead USA Men’s World University Games Team
-- Michigan’s John Beilein, South Carolina’s Frank Martin Selected As Assistants --
Colorado Springs, Colo. • March 12, 2013
Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop has been selected as the head coach for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team, USA Basketball today announced. McKillop will be assisted on the sideline by collegiate head coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina. The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
“Representing our country is one of the most significant experiences for a coach or player,” said McKillop, who on Monday night earned his seventh Southern Conference Tournament title. “I will treasure the opportunity. It’s an honor to coach the USA Basketball World University Games Team.”
“The 2013 USA World University Games Team will definitely benefit from the coaching of Bob McKillop, John Beilein and Frank Martin,” said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University head coach and chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee. “This staff will have the team well prepared for the challenges of competing against the best players in the world in that age group.”
All three coaches own prior USA Basketball experience. McKillop was head coach of the 2008 USA U18 National Team that compiled a 4-1 record and earned the silver medal at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and was an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2003 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (U18), helping the USA to a 4-1 mark and a bronze medal. Beilein and Martin both served as court coaches during a USA Basketball training camp. Beilein was on hand to assist during the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Championship and USA World University Games training camp, while Martin was a court coach during the 2012 USA U18 National Team training camp.
Held every other year, the 2013 World University Games men’s basketball competition is scheduled to be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1995), and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
Training camp to select the 12-member team will be held June 24-July 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The final team selection will be determined prior to the team departing for Russia. The list of invitees will be announced later this spring.
“I am honored to have been selected to be an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer at the World University Games,” said Beilein. “I look forward to working with head coach Bob McKillop and Frank Martin in our quest for a gold medal. It is a great opportunity to grow as a coach while also representing the United States of America.”
“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Martin. “It’s the ultimate honor as a coach-slash-athlete to be a part of a team that represents your country. To be around such great coaches and great players and to put on that shirt that says USA is going to be an unbelievable moment for me.”
The United States has claimed 19 medals in the World University Games since beginning play in 1965, and has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 20 WUGs in which a USA Basketball squad has competed. The USA owns a 138-9 won-loss record in World University Games play. In fact, the United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition and strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. In 2001 the USA fell to host China, which featured half of its 2000 Olympic team, including Yao Ming, Menk Batere and Wang ZhiZhi, by a single point in the semifinal and finished with the bronze. The USA again captured the gold medal in 2005 and most recently, finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record after falling to Lithuania 76-74 in the 2011 quarterfinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the World University Games have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen, Stacey Augmon, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Quinn Buckner, Tom Burleson, Ken Davis, Tim Duncan, Phil Hubbard, Allen Iverson, Mitch Kupchak, Karl Malone, Michael Redd, Mitch Richmond, Michael Silliman, Steve Smith and Jo Jo White.
In addition to Boeheim, the 2013-16 USA Men’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees McKillop, Matt Painter (head coach, Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U20 National Team.