Canadian play-caller Rich Chambers is looking forward to taking the reins in Lithuania this summer after being given the nod to coach his nation’s junior women once again at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
In 2011, Chambers guided Canada into fifth spot at the tournament, overseeing a record which witnessed an impressive haul of eight wins from nine games.
“We feel we have a group of young women who have the potential to play very well at this year’s Championships and improve upon our strong showing at last summer’s FIBA Americas,” said Chambers.
“Personally, I am glad for the opportunity to return to this team and I look forward to guiding this group of talented and skilled players, as we look to develop athletes for the senior women’s national team programme,” added the coach, who will be assisted by Donna Branch and Scott Edwards.
There are some exciting players for Chambers and his coaching team to potentially work with, including Emily Potter and Emma Wolfram who both claimed double-doubles to lead Canada past Japan 84-77 in the Bronze Medal Game at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women tournament last summer.
Paige Crozon, a University of Utah freshman and the top scorer at last year’s FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, is also included in an initial list of roster contenders who will all gather for a national age-group assessment camp to be held next week.