Lubbock Christian University head women’s basketball coach Steve Gomez – who led the Lady Chaps to claim a national championship in April – is one of three court coaches for the 2016 U17 National Team Trials, which will select finalists for Team USA.
The 12 selected women will compete on behalf of the USA in the FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain.
The Trials will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. from May 26 to May 30. Participants in the Trials include 36 invited athletes and 116 applicants from whom the 12 member U17 USA team will be selected.
Nancy Fahey, Washington University’s head women's basketball coach, will be returning for her second year as lead clinician for the Trials.
Joining Gomez and Fahey as additional court coaches are Carla Berube from Tufts University in Medford Mass. and Pam Crawford from Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee.
USA Basketball released the following statements in a press release on Monday:
Gomez had a tremendous run for Lubbock Christian in the program's third season at the Division II level. In 2015-16, Lubbock Christian claimed the NCAA Division II national championship and a perfect 35-0 season in Gomez's 13th year at the helm, and their first with postseason eligibility. Gomez's team eclipsed the 100-point mark four times and he was named WBCA NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year.
Since moving to Division II, Gomez holds an 81-8 (.910) overall record while competing in the Heartland Conference. In his last two years as an NAIA program, Gomez led the Lady Chaps' programs to 28-win and 31-win seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively.
"It is a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to work with the USA Basketball organization more because of the 'USA' than for the 'basketball,'" Gomez said. "I look forward to learning from the other coaches and having the chance to see the top players in the country come together to form the team that will represent our country."