Rizzotti to Coach at USA Basketball National Team Camp
Colonials' coach continues long-standing relationship with USA Basketball
USA Basketball Announcement
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - George Washington women's basketball head coach Jennifer Rizzotti will continue her ongoing relationship with USA Basketball when she serves as a court coach for the upcoming USA National Team Training Camp.
Rizzotti will be joined by Michelle Clark-Heard (Western Kentucky), Sue Semrau (Florida State) and Jeff Walz (Louisville) as assistant coaches under head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) from September 30-October 2 in Santa Barbara, California. The camp, which will be used to identify athletes for future USA National Team events, will mark the first for the USA since Staley took the reigns as head coach in March 2017.
The upcoming training camp marks the sixth time that Rizzotti will be featured on a coaching staff. She was most recently an advance scout/court coach for the gold-medal winning 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. She has also served as the head coach for the 2006 USA U18 National Team that won a gold medal, as well as the 2010 USA U18 National Team and the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team, both of which earned gold medals.
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue coaching with USA Basketball,” said Rizzotti. “I’ve had the good fortune of watching Dawn Staley through her playing and coaching career, and I couldn’t be more excited for the next group of USA National Team players who have the chance to have her be their coach. I look forward to imparting my knowledge and experience from my last stint with the Olympic team and I really look forward to seeing the next crop of young players coming up through the national team pool.”
At home in Foggy Bottom, Rizzotti is gearing up for her second season as head coach with a team that features a healthy mix of six returning players and five newcomers.
The Colonials, coming off a 20-10 season and the team's third consecutive A-10 Regular Season title, recently announced their non-conference schedule which features seven games against postseason teams from 2016-17 and six games with teams that finished with a top-100 Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
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