USA Basketball announced Lubbock Christian University women's basketball head coach Steve Gomez will return to serve as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Cup Team, joining USA and Tufts University head coach Carla Berube and USA assistant coach Vanessa Nygaard, who coaches at Windward School in California.
The trio, which helped the USA qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup with a gold-medal finish at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this past summer, will lead the USA at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup from July 21-29 at Minsk's Sport Palace and Falcon Club in Minsk, Belarus.
"We are excited to have Carla, Steve, and Vanessa return to lead the USA U17 World Cup Team," said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women's national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting players and coaches for USA women's U16 and U17 teams. "This trio of coaches had a very successful summer in 2017 and led the USA to a gold-medal finish and qualified the USA women for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. We are confident the staff again will develop the selected USA players on and off the court, and the team will be well prepared to challenge for the 2018 U17 World Cup title."
Gomez, in addition to being a 2017 USA U16 assistant coach, was a court coach at the 2016 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team Trials. He recently completed his 15th season as head coach at Lubbock Christian University, where he has posted an overall record of 365-117 (.757 winning percentage).
This past season (2017-18), Gomez guided his squad to a 31-2 record, which tied for the second-highest win total in LCU program history. LCU captured a South Central Region Tournament title and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tournament.
Gomez was named the 2018 Heartland Conference Coach of the Year and the 2018 WBCA South Central Region Coach of the Year. Since Gomez and LCU have competed in the NCAA Division II five seasons ago (2013-14), he has compiled a 131-21 (.862) DII record.
"It is both a tremendous privilege and a very humbling responsibility to have this opportunity again," Gomez. "To get to work with the most highly respected organization in women's basketball in the world, as well as the chance to coach the premier basketball players in the country, is not something that I take lightly. I am excited about returning to Colorado Springs and beginning the team trials on May 24 and then to the adventures that our team will experience as we compete for the World Cup."
Trials to select the finalists for the 12-member 2018 USA Women's U17 World Cup Team will be held May 24-28 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To learn more about the trials and other attending coaches, read the original article on LCUchaps.com.