Four Court Coaches Selected For USA Basketball’s 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials
Colorado Springs, Colo. • May 18, 2011
High school head coaches Tina Camacho (Wagner H.S., Texas), Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.), Kira Orr (Bullis School, Md.) and Anthony Smith (Bolingbrook H.S., Ill.) today were announced as court coaches for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials, which will take place May 26-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.
Approximately, 126 athletes will participate in the trials, which will be used to determine the final 12-member roster that represents the USA in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 13-18 in Mérida, Mexico, with the top four teams earning a berth into the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 1995.
The trials begin with an evening Skills session on May 26 and continue with morning and afternoon Skills sessions on May 27. While the committee will evaluate athletes throughout the process, the first Trials session is on the evening of May 27, followed by Trials sessions the morning, afternoon and evening of May 28 and 29. Due to the number of participants, players will be divided into two groups of equal numbers for the three Skills sessions and the first four Trials sessions. Roster reductions may begin following the completion of the second Trials session, and the team is expected to be announced on May 30.
After returning home from trials on May 30, the 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team members will resume training camp June 3-11 at the USOTC, prior to the team’s departure for Mexico.
Four-time USA Basketball gold medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member, Jill Rankin Schneider of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, has been selected to lead the 2011 USA U16 National Team, with assistant coaches Gail Hook, head mentor at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo., and Letitia Hughley, head coach at both Mott Community College and Flint Northern High School in Flint, Mich.
First held in 2009, the FIBA Americas U16 Championship is conducted every other year as the zone qualifier for the FIBA U17 World Championship. The 2009 USA U16 National team conquered all five of its opponents on its way to the gold medal at the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City, Mexico, and the USA currently owns a 5-0 overall record in the event.
In addition to Carol Callan (Women’s National Team Director, USA Basketball), the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee includes AAU appointees Jody Patrick and Brian Robinson, National Federation of High School representatives Jill Meerman and Sue Phillips and athlete representative Ruthie Bolton (two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of 11 USA Basketball teams from 1986 through 2000).
Previously, Camacho was an assistant coach for the USA South team that finished 2-3 with a silver medal at the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.
She recently completed her sixth season (2005-06 to present) as head coach at Wagner High School, where she has compiled a 193-22 overall record, five consecutive 30-win seasons and two state tournament appearances.
In a combined 24 seasons as a high school head coach, Camacho owns a 451-169 (.727 winning percentage) career record.
“I have an overwhelming feeling of both honor and gratitude,” Camacho said. “Being asked to work at a USA Basketball trials is an amazing opportunity. I believe coaching is a continuous growing experience, and to help in any way possible and to continue to learn from such talented coaches and athletes is a blessing.
“My ultimate mission over the past twenty-four years of coaching young women has not only been to influence them on the court, but also to make a positive impact in their lives. Although I will only spend a short time with these athletes, I will coach them with that same passion.”
This past season, Camacho led Wagner to a fourth-straight undefeated district championship, a 32-7 record and a second trip to the Texas Class 5A state tournament.
The 2009 Corpus Christi Caller-Times District 27-5A Coach of the Year, Camacho’s highlights at Wagner also include the 2007-08 season, when she led her team to 33 consecutive wins and the state semifinals.
Additionally, she has been honored as the 2008 and 2011 San Antonio Express-News Coach of the Year.
Camacho also coached at San Antonio’s Burbank High School (1987-88 through 1991-92) and Holmes High School (1992-93 through 2004-05).
In her 13 seasons at Holmes, she reached the playoffs eight times, including four district titles and one regional title.
As the first walk-on player on the first women’s basketball team at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Camacho played from 1981-82 through 1985-86, missing out on the 1983-84 season due to injury. She helped UTSA to an overall record of 69-40 (.633 winning percentage) during her four seasons on the court, playing in 89 games.
The head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School for the past eight seasons (2003-04 to present), Oldaker takes on her first experience with USA Basketball as a court coach for the 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.
She has compiled a 190-42 overall record (.819 winning percentage) at Mt. Lebanon, and in a total of 12 seasons as a high school head coach, owns a 295-60 career record (.831 winning percentage).
“I am extremely honored and grateful to serve as a court coach for the USA Basketball trials,” Oldaker said. “This is quite a privilege and an opportunity that I do not take lightly. I am so excited about this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started.
“First and foremost, I hope to offer my enthusiasm and love for the game of basketball. In a humble way, I hope that I can bring my basketball knowledge and teaching ability to the trials.”
In 2010-11, Oldaker led her team to a 25-6 record a third consecutive Pennsylvania Class 4A state title.
She led Mt. Lebanon to a 25-6 record and the 4A state championship in 2009-10, and in 2008-09, Mt. Lebanon collected a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championship, a 4A state title, a 29-2 record and a No. 7 rank in the final USA Today Super 25.
Mt. Lebanon finished with a perfect 31-0 record in 2007-08, capturing league and state titles. Additionally, the school was the state runner-up in 2006-07 with a 28-4 mark, and the league runner-up with a 27-3 record in 2004-05.
Before taking over at Mt. Lebanon, Oldaker was the varsity girls coach at her alma mater Blackhawk High School (Pa.) for four seasons (1998-99 through 2001-02), compiling a 105-18 overall mark and capturing consecutive WPIAL and Pennsylvania Class 3A state titles in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
She also compiled a 136-14 overall record in seven seasons (1992-93 through 1998-99) as a head coach at Blackhawk Junior High School (Pa.).
Five times Oldaker has been named The Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010). In 2005, she was honored as the Johnny Unitas Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and as the Class 4A WPIAL Coach of the Year, and in 2001 she was tabbed as the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year.
Oldaker was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Western Pennsylvania Girls’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
As a basketball player at Blackhawk High School, she earned Beaver County Co-Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1986.
She graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Orr was a gold medalist on U.S. Olympic Festival teams in 1994 and 1995 and a silver medalist on the 1997 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that competed in Taiwan. As an athlete, she owns a 13-2 record with USA Basketball.
“I am honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to once again be a part of USA basketball,” Orr said. “I believe it will be a wonderful experience, and I am very much looking forward to working with the some of the best coaches and players in the country.
“I hope to bring a ton of energy and provide lots of positive motivation for the players as they go through all of the rigors of the trials.”
Currently the head girls basketball coach, Orr several times has walked the sidelines of her alma mater, Bullis School – first as the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach from 1999-00 through 2002-03, and then as the varsity head coach in 2003-04.
From 2004-05 through 2006-07, Orr was an assistant coach at Fordham University for three seasons, before returning to Bullis as the head varsity coach in 2007-08. She recently completed her fifth overall season as the head mentor there.
In 2010-11, she led her squad to a 21-7 record and the semifinals of the Independent School League (ISL) Class 2A Tournament.
In 2003, Orr guided Bullis to a 26-3 record, winning both the regular season and tournament championships of the ISL Class 2A.
Inducted into the Bullis School Hall of Fame in 1993, Orr collected 12 varsity letters at Bullis, including volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball and softball. As a senior, she was named to the all-league team in soccer, basketball and softball. In basketball, she was named all-league for four years, all-county for three, Washington PostAll-Met for two and as a Parade Magazine, Nike and Street & Smith’s All-American her senior year.
Orr played for Duke University from 1993-94 through 1996-97. At Duke, she was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection who was named to the ACC All-Tournament team three times (1995-97). She ranks among the all-time Duke career leaders in assists (6th), steals (tied-10th) and 3-point field goals made (7th).
Among the accomplishments that Orr still holds at Duke is the single season mark for assists, as she dished out 170 in 1995-96.
She graduated in 1997 from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in sociology as well as a marketing and management certificate.
After graduating, she was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League. She was the 33rd selection overall and played with the Reign for the two seasons that the ABL was in existence.
Previously the head of the P.E. Department at Bullis, as well as the coach of varsity softball and middle school field hockey, Orr will become the Middle School Dean of Students in the fall of 2011.
Smith has been the head coach at Bolingbrook High School for 10 seasons (2001-02 to present), where he compiled an overall record of 276-28 (.909 winning percentage). He has led the Raiders to four Illinois Class 4A state championships (2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and two additional state title games (2007 and 2008).
He enters his first experience with USA Basketball as a court coach for the 2011 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.
“Being a part of USA Basketball is a dream come true for me – the ultimate honor,” Smith said. “I will get the chance to hopefully impact the lives of a special group of young women, both on and off the court. The lessons and relationships from this experience will be something I will hold onto for life. I am truly grateful.
“Hopefully the hard work and passion I have for the game will translate to help me get the most out of the players at trials. Helping them to understand the importance and value of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity definitely will be something I try to communicate.”
In 2010-11, Bolingbrook finished the season with a 28-2 record, captured the school’s third-consecutive Class 4A state championship and listed as the No. 2 team in the country in the USA Today Super 25 final rankings.
Smith has been honored as the 2011 USA Today Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, as the 2010 Black Coaches Association National High School Coach of the Year and as the Bolingbrook Village Board Male Citizen of the Year.
Additionally, Smith was an assistant coach in the 2011 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, and he has been recognized for the past eight consecutive seasons as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
Smith graduated in 1999 from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology, and he received his master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
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