Wainwright to Assist U-18 National Hoops Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright has been named an assistant coach for USA Basketball's 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Team the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee announced today.

The committee selected the Washington's Lorenzo Romar to head up the squad while Wainwright and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt will serve as the assistants. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim chairs the committee.

The tournament, which will qualify four teams for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, is being held at the Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Trials for the USA U18 Team will be held June 16-18 in San Antonio with approximately 30 U.S. hopefuls, born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, participating. Following selection of finalists for the USA squad, the Americans will continue to train June 19-27 in San Antonio.

The FIBA Americas U18 Championship format divides teams into two preliminary round groups consisting of four teams each. Preliminary round play will be held June 28, 29 and 30, and each team will play the other three teams in its preliminary group. The top two finishing teams in each preliminary round group will then advance to the Saturday, July 1, medal round semifinals and play for 1st-4th places. Teams placing third and fourth in each preliminary round group will advance to the consolation semifinals and play for 5th-8th places. The FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men Finals will be held Sunday, July 2. The host nation United States was drawn into preliminary round Group A with Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Uraguay, while Group B consists of Argentina, Bahamas, Canada and Puerto Rico.

"Anything that you can do to represent your country, and to have the added privilege to do it professionally in the sport you love, is not only an honor, it's a dream realized," Wainwright said. "I'm very excited to work with men the caliber of Lorenzo and Paul, as well as the future of USA Basketball in the young men we will be coaching."

In Wainwright's 22 seasons of coaching (1984-85 to present), Jerry Wainwright has amassed a record of 349-292 (.544 winning percentage). This marks his second tour with USA Basketball as he previously served as a court coach during the 2004 USA Basketball Men's U20 National Team Trials.

In his first season (2005-06) as the head coach of DePaul University, Wainwright helped the school's youngest team in seven years through the program's first year in the Big East Conference. The Blue Demons' schedule included 11 teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and they finished Wainwright's inaugural season 12-15.

In three seasons (2002-03 through 2004-05) as head coach at the University of Richmond (Va.), Wainwright was 50-41 (.549 winning percentage). In 2003-04, he directed the Spiders to their seventh consecutive winning season and a fourth straight postseason berth, earning the program its second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. With the nation's ninth-ranked defense, his team completed the most successful road trip in program history, defeating Temple, Xavier and Kansas.

Wainwright led the 2002-03 Spiders to the Atlantic 10 Conference's second-best defense allowing just 62.4 points per game, which ranked 26th nationally. They also set a program record for fewest turnovers in a season and advanced to the NIT.

Prior to his arrival in Richmond, Wainwright was the head coach for University of North Carolina Wilmington for eight seasons (1995-96 through 2002-03). While with the Seahawks he accumulated an overall record of 136-103 (.569 winning percentage). Helping his team earn two trips to the NIT (1998 and 2001) and two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2000 and 2002), he also collected the program's first 20-win season (1998), the first NCAA Tournament berth (2000) and the first NCAA Tournament win (2002). Wainwright also led the school to three Colonial Athletic Association Tournament (CAA) championships (2000, 2002 and 2003) and three conference regular season titles (1998, 2002 and 2003).

After UNC Wilimington won 15 of its final 21 games during the 2000-01 season, Wainwright was named the CAA Coach of the Year for the second time (1997 and 2001). Averaging nearly 17 wins per season, the Seahawks defense was nationally ranked in all eight seasons under Wainwright.

His collegiate coaching career began in 1984-85 as an assistant at Xavier University (Ohio) where he saw the team finish 16-13. Following Xavier he had a nine-year stay (1985-86 through 1993-94) as an assistant at Wake Forest University (N.C.). With Wainwright on the sidelines the Deacons had an overall record of 150-129 (.537). He helped the school acquire a record four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1991-94) and consecutive 20-win seasons (1992-93 and 1993-94) for the first time in a decade.

2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament has been held every four years since 1990. USA men's teams boast of a sensational 25-1 overall record in the U18/junior qualifiers and have won gold in 1990, 1994 and 1998, while capturing bronze most recently in 2002. The awarding of the U18 Championship For Men to USA Basketball and San Antonio marks the first time the event has been hosted in the United States.

Some of the top players who have represented the United States in past U18 tournaments include Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1994); Carmelo Anthony (2002); Chris Bosh (2002); Dee Brown (2002); Nick Collison (1998); Grant Hill (1990); Allan Houston (1990); Andre Iguodala (2002); Stephon Marbury (1994); Mike Miller (1998); Quentin Richardson (1998); and Deron Williams (2002).

2006 USA Basketball Men's FIBA Americas U18 Championship Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington

Assistant Coach: Paul Hewitt, Georgia Polytechnic Institute

Assistant Coach: Jerry Wainwright, DePaul University

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