Boyle Named Assistant Coach for FIBA Americas U20 Championship

May 3, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - California head coach Joanne Boyle was selected as an assistant coach for USA Basketball's 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women Team. Michigan State head coach Joanne P. McCallie was appointed the head coach, and Furman head coach Sam Dixon was picked as the other assistant coach.

'Obviously to coach at that level, and to be an assistant under coach McCallie with coach Dixon, it's just an honor,' Boyle said. 'I'm looking forward to getting out there with the kids and Joanne and Sam and coaching some great basketball.'

The coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohue, the NCAA's vice president of Division I women's basketball.

The FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central Americas and the Caribbean. The top three finishing teams qualify for the 2007 FIBA U21 Women's World Championship that will be held July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The eight participating FIBA Americas teams will be divided into two preliminary rounds groups of four teams each. After playing each of the three other teams in its preliminary round group between Aug. 9-11, the top two finishing teams from each preliminary round group will advance to play in the Aug. 10 medal round semifinals, while the third and fourth place finishing teams in preliminary round play will meet in the consolation round semifinals that day. The gold medal, bronze medal, 5th/6th place and 7th/8th place games will be played on Aug. 13. The site for the tournament and for the trials, scheduled for May 18-21, are still to be determined.

Earning her first USA Basketball coaching assignment, Boyle has collected 13 years of coaching experience in the United States-four of those as a head coach-and an overall record of 310-162 (.657 winning percentage).

In her fist year as the head coach at Cal, a program that previously had posted 12 consecutive losing campaigns, Boyle finished the 2005-06 season 18-12, advancing to the school's first NCAA Tournament since 1993.

Prior to Cal, Boyle was the head coach at the University of Richmond (Va.) (2002-03 through 2004-05), inheriting a 14-16 program that hadn't played in the postseason since 1991. In her three years there, she recorded three 20-win seasons and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 years. While at Richmond she was 67-29 (.698 winning percentage).

In 2005, Boyle's Spiders ranked in the top five in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 13 categories and received the school's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. She reached the WNIT quarterfinals in 2003 and the WNIT semifinals in 2004. Before assuming the helm at Cal, she recruited the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Blue Star Index.

Two seasons into her nine-year stint as an assistant coach at Duke (1993-94 through 2001-02), Boyle helped the 22-9 Blue Devils advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the school's first 20-win season in 10 years. The Blue Devils were 225-121 (.650 winning percentage) while Boyle was at Duke, appearing in eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments including two Sweet Sixteens (2000 and 2001), an Elite Eight (1998), a Final Four (2002) and an appearance in the national championship game (1999).

Boyle played professionally for division one teams in the Luxembourg League (1990-92) and the German Elite Division (1992-93), and as a head coach of two second division squads, Ettlebrook Luxembourg (1990-92) and Osnabruck Germany (1992-93), she won three league championships. Also a standout player at Duke, she graduated in 1985. Boyle's single-season steals record of 75 in 1984-85 remained until 2000-01 when it was broken by Alana Beard.

2006 FIBA Americas U20 ChampionshipOriginally known as the FIBA Americas World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament, the event was first held four years ago in 2002 as the U.S. earned the gold medal to qualify for the 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women. FIBA recently made the name change to reflect the age of eligible athletes (U20 for the qualifier and U21 for the World Championship). The USA not only captured the gold at the inaugural event in 2002, held in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, it swept all four games and outscored the competition a whopping 102.8 points per game to 52.5 ppg. Brazil finished with the silver and Argentina claimed the bronze as all three teams qualified for the 2003 U21 Worlds.

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