Feb. 28, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF women's basketball head coach Joi Williams has been selected to serve on the U.S. Women's Junior National Team Committee. The appointment is a four-year commitment that Williams will begin this year.
"I am really excited about this opportunity," Williams said. "It's a huge task for our committee because our job is to identify and select athletes that will keep USA Basketball's string of gold medals going. It's a big responsibility and one that I'm looking forward to. I'll be working with some great coaches and great people on the committee."
Along with three other Division I head coaches and an athlete representative, Williams will help select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball's college-aged competitions, which include the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, the 2014 and 2016 FIBA Americas U-18 Championships, the 2013 and 2015 World University Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.
The Women's Junior National Team Committee is chaired by NCAA representative Jim Foster (head coach, Ohio State) and includes NCAA head coaches Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt) and Lindsay Gottlieb (California), as well as Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who has been a part of nine USA Basketball teams.
This experience will be another bullet point for Williams to add under her resume with USA Basketball. In the summer of 2010, Williams served as an assistant coach of the USA Basketball Women's U-18 National Team and helped lead the squad to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Women.
She reprised that role with USA Basketball in the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach with the national team at the U-19 World Championships. Williams and the U.S. defeated Spain to once again take home the gold medal for the second-straight summer.
Williams is currently serving her sixth season as the Knights' head coach. The team has its final home game of the season Thursday at 7 p.m. against Houston.