Sharp Named USA Basketball Coach

Tech's Marsha Sharp was named the head coach of the <b>2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team USA Basketball</b> today.<p><br>

Sharp's assistants will be collegiate head coaches Nikita Lowry from New Mexico State and Lisa Stone from Drake. The coaching staff will lead the 12-member U.S. squad in the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament.

The tournament, hosted by Brazil in Ribeirao Preto from July 17-21, will feature teams from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean, the top three nations will qualify for the inaugural International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship For Young Women which is scheduled to be played in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July 2003 (dates TBD).

USA Basketball Women's Trials to select finalists for the 12-member team will be held May 17-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The roster of Trials invitees, who must be U.S. citizens and be 20-years-old or younger (born on or after January 1, 1982), will be announced at a later date.

"This is an honor, for the Committee to give me this chance to work with USA Basketball is something I'm really looking forward to," said Sharp, who was the head coach of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team that earned the silver medal. "To be able to work with some of the best young players in the country and to be able to be part of USA Basketball is very special to me.

"I have a lot of respect for both Nikita Lowry and Lisa Stone. Niki hasn't been a head coach as long, she was an assistant at New Mexico State in her first year there, but I've watched her team on film and Drake's on TV and in the NCAA Tournament and they both have done a great job with their programs. I'm excited to be around them, talk basketball with them and work together as a team to get things done."

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