For Immediate Release – USA East Coast Basketball and it’s three collegiate all-star teams will head to Spain in August. The teams will be led by Hall of Fame Coaches Larry Brown and Jim Boeheim, Naismith Coaches Circle Member Frank Martin, University of Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery, Columbia University Head Coach Jim Engles, and Western Connecticut State University Head Coach Guy Rancourt.
USA East Coast Basketball, in cooperation with Moneyball Sportwear, Anthony Travel, Cleveland Brothers – CAT, and Nike, will be conducting a two-day training camp at Manhattan College in New York City before heading to Valencia and Barcelona. They will face opponents from Spain and France. The teams, comprised of players from all three NCAA levels, will be guided by coaches who’ve experienced the highest levels of success. Team Red will be coached by Larry Brown, recently awarded the Chuck Daily Lifetime Achievement Award, and just hired by Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win championships at the NBA (Detroit Pistons) and NCAA (University of Kansas) levels and USA Basketball teams four times. Team White will be led by Jim Boeheim, head coach of Syracuse University. Boeheim won the NCAA National Championship in 2003, led the Orange to five Final Fours, and has coached USA Basketball teams eight times. Both Brown (2002) and Boeheim (2005) have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Team Blue will be guided by Frank Martin, head coach of the University of South Carolina. Martin was inducted into the Naismith Coaches Circle in 2019, selected as the Chair of the NABC Committee on Race and Discrimination in 2020, has led his Gamecocks to a Final Four, and has coached USA teams three times.
Assisting the trio of legends are some of the nation’s best minds. Fran McCaffery, the University of Iowa Head Coach, consistently has the Hawkeyes nationally ranked. Jim Engles, Columbia University Head Coach, was selected the Metropolitan and Mid-Major Coach of the Year. Guy Rancourt, Western Connecticut State University Head Coach, is considered one of the best non-division one coaches in the country and has 13 years of USA team experience. Adrian Autry, Syracuse University Associate Head Coach, has been to a Final Four, coached two USA teams, and brings experience as an international player. Josh Einhorn, Dartmouth College Assistant Coach, has nine years of collegiate experience and one USA team. Jason Gilliam-Alexander, Florida Memorial Assistant Coach, has mentored and developed players for over 20 years, bringing the experience of one USA team as well.
Player development will be overseen by Aaron Winshall of USA for FHB, with the assistance of Jason Gilliam-Alexander. Based out of Miami, Winshall has experience in the ACC, NBA, and FIBA. He has prepared collegiate athletes on the cusp of the NBA Draft for many years and will prepare each of the three teams before all practices and games. Jacob Klee (University of Missouri-Kansas City) will serve as the Director of Operations while Luke MacDougall (St. John’s University) will be the program’s Assistant Director of Operations. The official photographer for the 2021 USA East Coast Basketball Goodwill Tour will be Katherine Rosario (@Kathysnapped). Team rosters, event itineraries, and more will be released in the coming days and posted here.
Court coaches for USA East Coast Basketball’s 2021 Training Camp will be:
USA East Coast Basketball was founded in the summer of 2006. In what Slam Magazine writer Matthew Caputo called, “…college basketball’s version of study abroad…” it’s participants have gone on to professional playing careers, front office positions, and coaching jobs in the NBA and Europe.