April 14, 2010

Meadors named assistant coach for USA Basketball National Team

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Add another line to Marynell Meadors' impressive resume.

The former women's basketball coach at Tennessee Tech and currently the head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Dream, Meadors was recently selected as an assistant coach for the 2010 USA Basketball world team.

“This is a huge honor and I’m just kind of stunned that it happened,” Meadors said.

It's a busy time for Meadors, whose Dream team is preparing for the 2010 WNBA season and will be in Cookeville on Sunday, May 9 for an exhibition game in the home of her former TTU teams, Tech's Eblen Center.

The Dream will play the Washington Mystics in a 3 p.m. game, the first professional basketball game in Eblen Center. Tickets are on sale, including a variety of special discount offers.

With the USA Basketball team, Meadors will be an assistant to Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. The other assistants are DePaul coach Doug Bruno and Los Angeles Sparks coach Jennifer Gillom.

Meadors said she is looking forward to the chance to work under Auriemma, who has led UConn to seven NCAA titles, including the last two in a row, and a current 78-game winning streak.

“I’m not sure what my responsibilities will be right now, but I suspect that I will be mostly scouting,” she said.

Meadors has a history with USA basketball. She was the head coach of the 1989 gold medal U.S. Olympic Festival East team. She was an assistant coach on the 1992 gold medal USA Jones Cup team and the head coach of the 1993 bronze medal USA Jones cup team.

Meadors has signed up for what could the busiest six months of her life. The national team began a week-long training camp on Sunday at Connecticut. The team will play the WNBA All-Stars in an exhibition before it heading to the 2010 FIBA World championships in the Czech Republic from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3.

The U.S. team won gold medals in 1998 and 2002, but took a bronze medal in 2006.

To order tickets to the Dream game at Tech on May 9, or for additional ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940.

NOTE: Some of the material for this story was provided by Pierce W. Huff and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.