Karl Hobbs will serve as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball U19 Men's Team.
May 9, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- George Washington men's basketball coach Karl Hobbs has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team at this summer's FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. Hobbs will join a staff headed by DePaul University head coach Jerry Wainwright and assisted by Bruiser Flint of Drexel University. Coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by USA Senior National Team assistant and Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, and approved by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.
The 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship will be contested July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. The draw for the tournament was held on Feb. 27, and the United States was placed in Group B for preliminary round action along with China (FIBA Asia gold medalist), Mali (FIBA Africa silver medalist) and host Serbia (FIBA Europe fifth place finisher).
"It's an incredible honor and it comes with a great deal of responsibility and excitement," said Hobbs. "I'm unbelievably enthusiastic about this rare opportunity. Not everybody gets a chance to coach and be a part of such a meaningful event.
"It's an honor to work with Jerry. He and I coached against each other when he was at Richmond, we've been terrific friends and I've been a big fan of his from afar. I go back to the days when he was coaching at the Five Star Camp. He's an incredible teacher and motivator, and I think that the players are going to be really enthused about playing for him. Honestly, Bruiser and I have been friends for many years, and I'm also excited about working with Bruiser. We're all going to work together in this to help the USA come away with the gold medal."
"Bruiser Flint and Karl Hobbs are both obviously beyond being up and coming stars," said Wainwright. "They're already stars but they're young guys, and I was fortunate enough to know them as players. Their energy level, their commitment to excellence and the fact that they've always had tremendous relationships with their players will help us establish a family atmosphere. They're also two of the most competitive people I've ever met. They're winners, and I'm extremely humbled that they're going to be co-coaches alongside me. I don't look at them as assistant coaches, when we're over in Serbia."
"Karl Hobbs is one of the bright young coaches in college basketball," said Boeheim. "He's had tremendous success at George Washington and has international coaching experience. He brings a lot to the table and will be a tremendous addition to the coaching staff."
The U.S. earned its 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship berth by claiming gold at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The 2007 USA squad will be comprised of males 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) who are citizens of the United States.
The USA U19 National Team Trials, featuring approximately 35 of the nation's top 19-and-unders, will begin June 28 in Dallas, TX.
The 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Hobbs returns to USA Basketball for his second international stint as he previously served as a court coach for the 2005 USA World University Games Team Trials.
In 2006-07, George Washington secured a 23-9 record, a third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and the school's second A-10 Tournament championship in the past three years. Holding opponents to just 52.3 ppg. during the A-10 Tournament, the Colonials entered the 2007 NCAA Tournament riding an eight-game win streak before falling to Vanderbilt.
USA Basketball The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Boeheim, consists of: NCAA appointees Fran Dunphy (head coach, Temple University, PA); Tom Izzo (head coach, Michigan State University); Ernie Kent (head coach, University of Oregon) and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Minnesota); NABC appointee Bill Self (head coach, University of Kansas); NAIA appointee Bob Burchard (head coach, Columbia College, MO); NJCAA appointee Scott Schumacher (head coach, Kilgore C.C., TX); and athlete representatives Steve Wojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team / assistant coach, Duke University, NC) and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team / head coach, Nassau Community College, NY).