BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team.READ MORE: UPDATE: Barricade Situation In Prince George's County Resolved Safely
Turgeon will be joined on the staff by Shaka Smart (Texas), who will serve as the team’s head coach, and Kevin Ollie (UConn), who will be an assistant coach, as well. The trio will lead the USA at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile. Not only is a gold medal at stake, the top four finishing teams will earn a qualifying berth in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Turgeon has previous experience with USA Basketball, serving as a court coach for the U.S. Pan American Team training camp in the summer of 2015.READ MORE: Surveillance Video Shows Response After Four Children Shot In East Baltimore; Governor Criticizes Justice System As ‘Broken’ Amid Spike In Violence
In his first five seasons at Maryland, Turgeon has compiled an aforementioned 114 wins for a head coach in his first five years in program history. Turgeon’s last two campaigns have added up to the second-most wins in school history over a two-year span (55).
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