Donovan to coach 2015 USA Basketball U19 team

Billy Donovan will continue to work with USA Basketball this offseason.

The Florida coach will again be assisted by college coaches Ed Cooley (Providence College) and Sean Miller (Arizona). The 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for men will be held June 27-July 5 in Crete, Greece.

Donovan becomes the United States’ first repeat U19 head coach and is 19-0 as a USA Basketball head coach. He led the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team to a 9-0 record and the gold medal in Prague, Czech Repblic. Donovan also led the 2012 USA U18 National Team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal in Sao Sebastiáo, Brazil.

USA Basketball has captured a record five U19 gold medals and three silver medals in the 11 times the event has been held, starting in 1979. The United States holds a 78-13 record all-time at the U19s.

The United States will seek to be the first repeat champion at the FIBA U19 World Championship since the Americans won back-to-back gold medals in 1979 and 1983.

“USA Basketball has been a first-class organization to be a part of over the past several years, and it is an honor to be able to come back and represent our country again this summer,” said Billy Donovan, who was named a co-recipient of the 2013 USA Basketball Developmental National Coach of the Year award. “Sean Miller and Ed Cooley are both great guys and excellent coaches. It was very rewarding for me working side by side with them on the U18 team last summer, and it will be great to have that continuity with the staff again with the U19 team."

The USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, selected the coaching staff.

“Our U19 team is going to really benefit from another year with Coach Donovan, Coach Cooley and Coach Miller,” said Boeheim. “They had great success last summer, winning the gold medal, and we’re confident the squad is going to continue to improve with this staff in place.”

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