Former Husky Named to USA Basketball Youth Staff

June 7, 2002

Leteia Hughley, who stands at No. 4 on Washington's career scoring list, has been named as an assistant coach for the 2002 Women's Youth Development Festival Teams. Hughley scored 1,704 points during her UW career, from 1982-85. She stands behind Husky greats Jamie Redd (2,027), Rhonda Smith (1,801) and Karen Murray (1,745) on the career chart.

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Top Prep Coaches To Lead 2002 Women's Youth Development Festival Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2002) -- Eight of the nation's top prep coaches, who have earned a combined 12 national and 46 state championships, and four USA Today Coach of the Year honors, have been named as coaches for the inaugural USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival slated for June 13-16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The eight coaches have been called upon to guide four regional teams in the USA Basketball entry-level event which will combine off-court seminars with practice sessions and a four-team, five-game tournament. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee, chaired by Rhonda Farney, Georgetown High School (Texas) head coach, and approved by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.

Selected as head coach for the USA North Team is Perry Meridian High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) and AAU Indy Falcons (Ind.) head coach Mike Armstrong, and the North assistant is Flint Northern High School (Mich.) head coach Leteia Hughley. Directing the USA South Team is Shelbyville Central High School (Tenn.) and AAU Sport Shop (Tenn.) head coach Rick Insell, while AAU Sisters Wit Game (Jacksonville, Fla.) head coach Roderick Pearson has been named as the South's assistant coach. Taking the reigns of the USA East Team coaching staff will be AAU New England Crusaders (N.H.) head coach Kara Leary, she will be assisted by Christ The King High School (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.) assistant coach and AAU Liberty Belles (N.Y.) head coach Jill Cook. Rounding out the 2002 Development Festival coaching staff and serving as the USA West Team mentor is Mountain View High School (Orem, Utah) head coach Dave Houle, and Narbonne High School (Harbor City, Calif.) head coach James Anderson will serve as the West assistant coach.

The 2002 USA Basketball Women's Youth Developmental Festival will feature 48 players divided into four teams representing the four geographical regions (North, South, East, West) of the United States. Each Festival 12-member team is comprised of players who are completing in 2001-02 their junior high school season. The list of players participating in the 2002 Youth Development Festival was announced June 4.

Festival plans call for players to participate in a pair of practice sessions on Thursday, June 13. The four regional teams will tip-off games in the 2002 USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival beginning at 9 a.m. (all times are MDT) on Friday, June 14 and the second session of games will be played at 6 p.m. that evening. The Festival's final games of the round-robin tournament will be played at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, and the day will close with the semifinal games at 5 p.m. The Festival will be capped by gold and bronze medal games beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, followed by the award ceremony. All action will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Sports Center II. Interlaced between games and practices, athletes and coaches will participate in seminars on various topics, including an introduction to USA Basketball and the Olympic experience, eating for success, media training and team synergy.

The USA Basketball Women's Cadet and Youth Committee, in addition to chair Farney, includes AAU appointees Kathy Campbell (Monkton, Md.) and Charlie Domino (Metarie, La.); National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) appointees Jill Meerman (head coach, Decatur Central High School, Ind.) and Jill Prudden (head coach, Oakridge High School, Tenn.); as well as athlete representatives Jennifer Azzi (1996 Olympic and 1998 World Championship gold medalist) and Edna Campbell (1998 World Championship gold medalist).

2002 USA North Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Mike Armstrong
The assistant athletic director and head women's basketball coach at Perry Meridian, Armstrong's squad finished with a 17-6 record in 2001-02, including a 6-3 record in Conference Indiana, and won his third Sectional Championship. Since taking the top post at PMHS in 1986, he has compiled a record of 217-133 (.620 winning percentage) and won four Conference Championships (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000), three Marion (Indianapolis) County Championships (1995, 1996 and 1997), three sectional championships (1996, 1997 and 2002) and one Regional Championship (1997). Armstrong is also head coach of the Indy Falcons program, a team serving the Perry Meridian High School district for children ages 10-13 years of age.

'Obviously, it is an honor to be named one of the Festival's coaches,' said Armstrong. 'I am very humbled by the whole thing and I just want to come out and do a good job and the best I can.'

Armstrong was named the Indianapolis Star Marion County Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1997, as well as a Nike All-American Camp Team coach in 1996. He also served as head coach of the 1997 Indiana All-Star Team.

'To think I am going to be spending time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., is almost unbelievable,' Armstrong explained. 'To have the opportunity to work with very elite athletes in an Olympic setting for five days is absolutely tremendous. Surely someday when I look back on my career, this will be one of the highlights of my career.'

One of Armstrong's most notable pupils through his 16 years as the Falcons' head coach is Katie Douglas. Douglas was a member of the Purdue University (Ind.) teams that claimed the 1999 NCAA Championship and finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2001. Douglas, who was also a member of the 1998 USA Basketball Select Team and the silver medalist 1999 USA World University Games squad, is currently a member of the WNBA's Orlando Miracle.

Assistant Coach Leteia Hughley
Teaming with head coach Armstrong to lead the North Team will be assistant coach Hughley of Flint Northern High School. Hughley has been director of the Flint Northern varsity program for eight years (1993-94 to present) and racked up an impressive mark of 186-34 (.845 winning percentage).

Under the tutelage of Hughley, the Vikings have claimed two Michigan state championships (1994, 1995) and advanced to the district championship six times (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001). After Hughley led the Vikings to a unblemished 28-0 mark in the 1994-95 season, she was named State of Michigan High School Association Coach of the Year and Saginaw Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

During her career at Flint Northern, Hughley has graduated 11 players to NCAA programs, most notably Deanna Nolah and Tawana McDonald who each enjoyed Division I careers at the University of Georgia.

'When I learned I was selected as one of the assistant coaches, it felt like a joke at first. I was really excited and I told everyone,' Hughley said. 'It is something I have always wanted to do because I know some coaches who have been selected by USA Basketball in the past. It means a lot to me to have the opportunity, knowing that my peers thought I would do a good job. I am really excited and I can't wait.'

2002 USA South Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Rick Insell
A two-time USA Today Coach of the Year (1989, 1991), Insell most recently piloted the Shelbyville High School girls team to a 25-5 mark during the 2001-02 season. Insell's Golden Eagles in 2001 finished with a 34-2 record, earning Shelbyville's 10th Tennessee Class 2A state title, and were ranked No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the South Region by USA Today in its final poll. Competing in the Class 3A tournament, Shelbyville captured the 2000 state crown, wrapping the season with a 30-5 record and a USA Today South Region No. 10 finish.

'Many thanks to USA Basketball for affording me the opportunity to work with such gifted athletes,' said Insell. 'Hopefully some of these young ladies will be chosen to represent the USA on future Olympic teams.'

From 1986 to 1992, Insell guided the Shelbyville girls team to a spectacular mark of 241-9 (.964 winning percentage), recording undefeated seasons in 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1991. During that stretch, the Golden Eagles captured the state crown five times, were named USA Today national runner-up twice (1986 and 1990) and crowned as USA Today's national champions twice (1989 and 1991).

Since his first season at Shelbyville in 1977-78, Insell owns a 686-129 record (.842 winning percentage), and has claimed eight state championships, five state runner-up finishes and he has seen 52 of his players earn a collegiate scholarship. He has also coached six Tennessee AAA 'Miss Basketball' Award recipients and 13 high school All-Americans.

As an AAU coach, Insell has accumulated a total of eight medals, including two gold and two silver, at the helm of Sport Shop. In 1987, Insell guided the 15-and-under Sport Shop hoopsters to their first national championship. Then in 1998, Insell's Sport Shop squad won the 16-and-under national championship. He has been involved with the Amateur Athletics Union since 1977 and on May 21, 2002, a ceremony in his honor was conducted for his 25 years of service.

Insell's former Golden Eagles include Tiffany Woosley, a four-time USA Basketball team veteran who attended the University of Tennessee and was later drafted by the WNBA's Houston Comets in 1997. Woosley was a member of the Comets' 1997 and 1998 championship runs.Assistant Coach Roderick PearsonAssisting with the coaching duties for the South is Sisters Wit Game head coach Pearson. A 1982 graduate of Florida State University, Pearson has directed Sisters Wit Game in Jacksonville, Fla. dating back to 1996. During his tenure, Sisters Wit Game teams have claimed three Police Athletic League national championships (1996 15-and-under, 1998 13-and-under and 1999 15-and-under), five state AAU championships (1996 15-and-under, 1999 15-and-under, 2000 16-and-under, 2001 17-and-under and 2001 15-and-under), and have finished fifth in two AAU National Championships (1999 15-and-under and 2000 AAU Junior Olympics), while adding a seventh place finish at the 2001 AAU 17-and-under championships, 13th in the 2001 AAU 15-and-under championships and a 19th at the 1998 13-and-under national tournament.

'I am very honored to have been selected as one of the coaches,' said Pearson. 'It is a credit to all of the coaches, staff members, players and parents that have supported Sisters Wit Game over the years. They're the ones that deserve the real credit. I was shocked and surprised when I heard the news, but what a pleasant surprise it is to be chosen.'

Pearson has seen 12 of his pupils earn spots on collegiate rosters following their stints with Sisters Wit Game. Among those 12 individuals, three played at the University of Florida (Naomi Mobley, Kelly Stevenson and Shauna Rucker) and one each played at Florida State University (Genesis Choice) and the University of Miami (Fla.) (Patricia Pearson).

2002 USA East Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Kara Leary
A member of the 2002 McDonald's High School Girls Basketball All-American Game Selection Committee, Leary has coached elite athletes in both the high school and AAU arenas since the summer of 1995. Over the past seven years her New England Crusaders have earned a number of tournament championships, most notably the 2001 AAU 18-and-under national crown. In addition to the 2001 national AAU title, Leary's Crusader squads earned the 200017-and-under Boo Williams Invitational championship, finished in the Final Four at the 2001 17-and-under AAU Junior Nationals, and have captured seven consecutive (1995-2001) New Hampshire/Vermont AAU state titles.

'Obviously this is a great opportunity and a great honor for me,' Leary said. 'Not only the chance to coach for USA Basketball, but also to be involved with some of the great minds of the game is phenomenal. It is a chance for me to teach some of the best young players in America some of the things that my great coaches have taught me.'

In 1999 Leary took the reigns at her high school alma mater, Nashua High (N.H.), where she acted as head coach for two seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-01). During her stint at the helm of Nashua, Leary's squads posted an unblemished 42-0 record against New Hampshire teams, while capturing a pair of New Hampshire Class L state crowns. Nashua finished the 1999-2000 season as USA Today's No. 18 team in the nation, ranking No. 2 in the East Region, with a 23-2 record. In 2000-01 her squad finished ranked by USA Today No. 20 in the nation, No. 4 in the East Region, and again posted a 23-2 season. Her efforts did not go unnoticed by her peers as Leary was tabbed the 2001 High School District I Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

A number of high school All-Americans and NCAA Division I athletes have played under Leary, including 2001 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team alternate Nicole Wolff, who earned 2002 USA Today, WBCA, McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-America honors and will be a freshman at the University of Connecticut in the fall. Other players of note who have been taught by Leary include USA Today, Parade Magazine and WBCA All-American Liz Dancause (George Washington), Jessalyn Deveny (Boston College), Maureen Leahy (Boston College), younger sister Michaela Leary (George Washington), Providence College (R.I.) freshman-to-be Elaine McCants, Katie McNamara (Vermont), Ashley Valley (Connecticut) and Morgan Valley (Connecticut).

A three-year (1992-94) letterwinner at the University of Notre Dame (Ind.), in her four seasons (1990-91 to 1993-94), Leary helped the Fighting Irish to a 74-45 record (.622 winning percentage), a pair of regular season Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) championships (1991 and 1994), three MCC Tournament titles (1991, 1992 and 1994) and a trio of postseason appearances. Team co-captain as a junior and senior, Leary is one of six Notre Dame women's basketball players to earn the Byron V. Kanaley Award. Bestowed upon her in 1994, it is the most prestigious honor presented to student-athletes at Notre Dame.

As a point guard at Nashua High School, Leary helped her school to a pair of state championships and earned all-state honors in the process. A 2000 Nashua High School Hall of Fame inductee, Leary earned 1990 All-America and New Hampshire High School Player of the Year honors from Converse.Assistant Coach Jill CookAssisting with the coaching duties for the East Team will be Christ The King High School (N.Y.) assistant coach and Liberty Belles head coach Cook from Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

'The opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball is a tremendous honor for me,' said Cook. 'It's very exciting to be given the chance to coach for one of the top sports organizations in the world. I know the experience and knowledge I will gain through my participation in the 2002 Youth Development Festival will be invaluable to me as a coach and a person.'

After her graduation from Stony Brook University (N.Y.) in 1990, Cook has enjoyed much success through the early stages of her young coaching career. She took her first coaching job as an assistant at Adelphi University (N.Y.) in 1990.

After leaving Adelphi after two seasons (1990-91 to 1991-92), Cook was named assistant coach at Christ The King in 1992. Through her 10 years at Christ The King, she has assisted teams to a state championship every season while compiling a record of 270-19 (.934 winning percentage). Her first season set the pace for what would prove to be a very successful coaching career. During the 1992-93 season Christ The King finished with a perfect 31-0 record, winning both the New York state championship and the USA Today national championship. A second undefeated season came just three short years later during the 1995-96 season, when Christ The King went 31-0 once again, including another New York state championship and a No. 2 finish in USA Today's national rankings. The most recent undefeated season came during the 1997-98 season, as Christ The King recorded a 29-0 mark and yet another New York state championship and a USA Today national championship. Christ The King completed the 2001-02 season with a 24-3 mark and the New York Catholic State Championship, along with a top 25 finish in the USA Today national rankings.

In 1993 Cook assumed head mentor duties for Liberty Belles (13 through 17-and-under), a position she still holds today. Over her 11 years with the Liberty Belles, Cook has directed her teams to top seven AAU national finishes seven times, including second place finishes in 1998 (17-and-under) and 1999 (13-and-under).

Throughout her coaching career Cook has instructed over 50 prepsters who have gone on to play NCAA basketball, including USA Basketball veterans Sue Bird, of the WNBA's Seattle Storm, and Chamique Holdsclaw, of the WNBA's Washington Mystics.

2002 USA West Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Dave Houle
Instructing the USA Youth Development festival West Team is Orem, Utah native Houle. Houle has gained national attention during his 25 years of coaching in high school athletics, most notably at Mountain View where he has spent the last 22 years. During his career he has served as head coach for five varsity sports and has amassed a remarkable overall record of 1,026-92 (.918 winning percentage).

'This is definitely one of the highlights of my career,' said Houle. 'It is the coolest. It is obviously a pretty unique opportunity and I can't wait to be a part of it. It is an honor to be selected and I am really excited to join the list of coaches.'

Molding his program into a perennial national contender, for the fourth time in five years Houle's Mountain View program finished ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation by USA Today, ranking No. 6 in 2001-02, No. 2 in 2000-01, and No. 8 in both 1998-99 and 1997-98. Houle's 2001-02 basketball team collected Mountain View's ninth Utah Class 4A state title in 12 years, bringing his total state championships in three sports (basketball, cross country and track) to a national record 54.

With a list of credentials as long as anyone, this 2001 Utah Coaches Basketball Hall of Fame and 2000 National Federation of Coaches Hall of Fame inductee most recently served as the head coach for the women's 2002 McDonald's All-American West Team, leading his West Team to a 91-85 victory. During the 1997-98 athletic season, he coached a national record five teams to a state championship. He has coached 186 Academic All-State athletes and 871 all-region athletes during his career. Throughout his 12-year tenure, Houle has guided 21 high school athletes on into NCAA programs.

Assistant Coach James Anderson
Since undertaking his first basketball coaching assignment in 1992-93 at Narbonne, Anderson has built a program that has posted a combined 210-48 record for a sparkling 81.4 winning percentage over the past decade. Even more impressive is his 89-7 record (.927 winning percentage) over the last three seasons, which include a pair of California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships (2000 and 2001).

Anderson received National Coach of the Year accolades from USA Today and from the NFHS in 2000 and 2001. Additionally, he earned a pair of CIF Coach of the Year awards in 1998 and 2000. His first CIF honor came in 1998 after finishing ranked No. 6 in the country by USA Today, recording a 29-4 record and claiming Narbonne's first Division I state title. Two years later he received national honors from both USA Today and the NFHS, as well as his second CIF Coach of the Year nod after reclaiming the state championship with a perfect 34-0 record and catapulting his squad to the No. 1 position in the country as listed by USA Today. The following season Anderson's squad again finished at the top of USA Today's rankings, posted a 28-3 record and claimed a second consecutive state title. For his efforts not only did he attain his second USA Today Coach of the Year honor, but Anderson was also named the 2001 NFHS Coach of the Year.

Most recently, Anderson's 2001-02 Narbonne team advanced to the CIF regional finals, went 27-4 and listed as the No. 14 team in the country by USA Today.

'This is a pretty special opportunity for a coach,' said two-time USA Today Coach of the Year (2000 and 2001) Anderson. 'It's special to have the opportunity to work with some of the best kids in the country and to be a part of something like this with USA Basketball. It will be a great chance to learn from great coaches and players from around the country, especially being able to work with Dave Houle, who is a friend of mine and has been coaching a lot longer than I have. It's a great opportunity just to be around someone I respect like that. This is a win-win situation for me and I'm very much looking forward to it.'

No less than 15 of Anderson's players have gone on to compete collegiately, including 2001 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team bronze medalist Loree Moore (Tennessee), as well as USC's standout and 2000 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team gold medalist Ebony Hoffman, Connecticut freshman-to-be Willnet Crocket, and University of Southern California's Jessica Cheeks and Portia Mitchell.A 1990 graduate of California State University at Los Angeles, Anderson was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and twice earned all-conference honors.

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