COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2005) -- USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program Managing Director Jerry Colangelo officially announced today that Syracuse University (N.Y.) head coach Jim Boeheim, Phoenix Suns head mentor Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan have been named assistant coaches of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program for 2006-2008. Duke University (N.C.) head coach Mike Krzyzewski was named on Oct. 26, 2005, head coach of the USA Senior Team for 2006-2008. The assistant coach selections were approved by USA Basketball's Executive Committee.
"Our goal was to assemble a first rate coaching staff with Mike Krzyzewski in the leadership role and a talented group of respected and successful coaches assisting him," said Colangelo, who was appointed Managing Director of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program on April 27, 2005. "I'm very excited about this coaching staff."
The USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team will compete in the 2006 FIBA World Championship (Aug. 19-Sept. 3 in Saitama, Japan); if necessary the 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China).
"This staff encompasses all the areas that need to be addressed. We have NBA experience. We have international experience. We have the backgrounds to teach different styles of basketball, including zone offense and defense. We also have coaches of different ages, which should give us the ability to teach and communicate well with a team of the best players in our country," said Krzyzewski. "We want to develop the team to produce gold medal-winning performances in 2006 and 2008. I am truly excited about the addition of Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan to the USA staff. We are fortunate to have them on our team."
Since first fielding a USA Basketball team of legendary NBA stars in 1992, USA Basketball senior national teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in eight of 10 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 74-6 overall record (.925 winning percentage) in those international competitions and a record of 23-1 (.958 winning percentage) in exhibition games.