Daily Sports Smile: USA Basketball tabs Cheryl Reeve next women’s national team coach
USA Basketball has a new voice in the locker room. On Wednesday, veteran coach Cheryl Reeve was named the next women’s national team coach. Reeve will succeed Dawn Staley and inherits a talented roster that just won a gold medal in the Olympics.
Reeve currently serves as the Minnesota Lynx head coach in the WNBA. She is now primed to lead the national team on their journey towards the 2024 Olympics.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity and I feel incredibly blessed to work with the best athletes in the world,” Reeve said in her introductory press conference. “I’m excited about the opportunity to bring us all together and try to qualify for the Olympics and compete for gold.”
Reeve brings a lot of Olympics experience. She’s been an assistant with USA Basketball since 2014 and learned under both Staley and Geno Auriemma. Reeve helped USA Basketball claim a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics as well. She also contributed to the U.S. winning gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Cups.
Several Lynx players supported Reeve on her major accomplishment. Lynx stars Sylvia Fowles, Natalie Achonwa and Layshia Clarendon were among those in attendance.
Staley also sent along a special video message to congratulate Reeve.
“It is the truest of honors to call you our USA Basketball national team coach,” Staley said in the video. “You deserve it and you are the best woman for the job. I know, no matter how pressure-packed it is, you always come out on top.”
Reeve will look to prepare the U.S. for the 2022 FIBA World Cup. The U.S. will compete in FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Washington, D.C. The official 2022 FIBA World Cup will begin in Sydney, Australia next September.
The USA Basketball roster could look slightly different with top star Sue Bird deciding to retire from international competition. The team is also awaiting word if Diana Taurasi will return.
However, there are plenty of dynamic athletes to fill the void. USA Basketball expects frontcourt stars Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, Brittney Griner and possibly Skylar Diggins-Smith to return. There are also top collegiate stars like UConn’s Paige Bueckers that could make an impact in future years.
Reeves will enter her 13th season with the Lynx next season. She owns a 267-127 record and has won four WNBA titles with the organization.