Nikki Caldwell to serve as assistant on U.S. team

LSU's women's basketball  head coach Nikki Caldwell in the PMAC.
LSU's women's basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell in the PMAC.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell will serve as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that will compete in Lithuania this summer, according to USA Basketball announcement Tuesday.

Caldwell will reunite with head coach Katie Meyer of Miami and Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves. The three of them led the Americans to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship last summer. All three were elected by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to have the opportunity to coach the FIBA U19 World Championship team,” said Caldwell. “Not only will I work along the side of great coaches, but I look forward to working with talented and skilled players. I am thrilled to represent the United States at this elite level of basketball. It was such a rewarding experience last summer.”

The FIBA U19 World Championship will be from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevėžys. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Lithuania for the competition.

The USA U19 team will be going for a fifth straight gold medal.