Sue Syljebeck and Toby Wynn Named Court Coaches For 2010 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials
Sue Syljebeck, head coach at Siena Heights University in Michigan, and Toby Wynn, head coach of Seward County Community College in Kansas, today were announced as court coaches for the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Syljebeck and Wynn will work with the U18 staff and the 26 athletes who are attending trials, which will be used to determine the U18 National Team's 12-person roster.
-Being my first time (with USA Basketball), I'm really excited to see how things operate and to do everything I can to help the organization," Syljebeck said. -It's exciting to have an opportunity to help coach such talented athletes."
-I'm honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with USA Basketball," Wynn said. -It's not every day that somebody at my level gets the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with kids at this level. To be able to coach those kids on the floor for a week, it'll be a great experience for me."
All trials sessions will be held at the USOTC Sports Center I. The first session will take place June 8 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. (MDT); followed by sessions on June 9 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and June 10 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. The 12-player 2010 USA Women's U18 National Team will be announced on the morning of June 11 and will remain in Colorado Springs for training through the start of the tournament on June 23.
Players who accepted invitations to the USA U18 National Team trials are: Brittany Boyd (Berkeley H.S./Berkeley, Calif.); Stefanie Dolson (Minisink Valley H.S./Port Jervis, N.Y.); Raven Ferguson (Africentric Early College H.S./Columbus, Ohio); Karla Gilbert (A&M Consolidated H.S./College Station, Texas); Reshanda Gray (Washington Prep H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Cassie Harberts (San Clemente H.S./San Clemente, Calif.); Bria Hartley (North Babylon H.S./North Babylon, N.Y.); Kaneisha Horn (Ramsay H.S./Birmingham, Ala.); Richa Jackson (Midwest City H.S./Midwest City, Okla.); Sara James (Oak Ridge H.S./El Dorado Hills, Calif.); Morgan Jones (Lake Mary H.S./Altamonte Springs, Fla.); Afure Jemerigbe (St. Mary's H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Allyson Malott (Madison H.S./Middletown, Ohio); Kayla McBride (Villa Maria Academy/Erie, Pa.); Shanece McKinney (LeFlore H.S./Mobile, Ala.); Laurin Mincy (Newark University H.S./Newark, N.J.); Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S./Cypress, Texas); Amber Orrange (Westbury Christian H.S./Houston, Texas); Erica Payne (Carondelet H.S./Danville, Calif.); Cassie Peoples (Cy-Fair H.S./Cypress, Texas); Haley Peters (The Peddie School/Red Bank, N.J.); Theresa Plaisance (Vandebilt Catholic H.S./Marrero, La.); Lindsay Sherbert (Great Oak H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Meighan Simmons (Steele H.S./Cibolo, Texas); Alyssa Thomas (Central Dauphin H.S./Harrisburg, Pa.); and Samarie Walker (Chaminade-Julienne H.S./West Carrollton, Ohio).
In her six years as head coach at Siena Heights, Syljebeck now ranks as the school's second all-time leader in wins and win percentage with an overall record of 81-100. Also the school's assistant athletic director, Syljebeck has coached three All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference selections and a two-time NAIA All-American, Laura Panozzo.
In her first season as head coach of the Saints, Syljebeck led them to a 16-14 record, the team's first winning season in five years. Siena Heights went 17-13 in the 2006-07 season, Syljebeck's third year, which was the most games a Saints team had won in a single season since going 27-2 in 1978-79.
Before starting at Siena Heights in 2004, Syljebeck was the interim head coach at Nicholls State University during part of the 2003-04 season, and was associate head coach there before that. Additionally, Syljebeck has been an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University, where she earned her master's degree in physical education in 2000, and at the University of New Orleans, where she played under coach Joey Favaloro and earned her bachelor's degree in human performance and health promotion in 1997.
Wynn has coached Seward County Community College to a 143-27 record since he took over as head coach in 2005. Already owning the school's second-highest winning percentage (.841), Wynn has led his team to the NJCAA Region 6 championship game in each of the past two seasons and a 31-3 record and No. 13 national ranking last season.
In 2007, when Wynn was named the NJCAA District F Coach of the Year, the Lady Saints went 36-2, won the Jayhawk West Conference championship and finished third in the NJCAA National Tournament. The following year, Seward County began the year ranked No. 1 in the country.
Overall, Wynn has coached five Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America selections and has consistently had players continue on to NCAA Division I and II universities.
While working toward his business education degree at Oklahoma State University, Wynn was the head coach at Balko (Okla.) High School from 1999-2001. After he graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2001, Wynn coached at Liberal (Kan.) High School until 2004, when he joined the Lady Saints' staff as an assistant.