August 25, 2017 - by
Coach Sue Back with USA Basketball


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau will make her third stint with USA Basketball this fall, being selected as one of four court coaches for the USA National Team Training Camp that begins Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Semrau makes her first appearance with USA Basketball since helping the 2010 U18 team and the 2011 U19 team win a pair of gold medals as an assistant coach. She joins current college coaches Michelle Clark-Heard (Western Kentucky), Jennifer Rizzotti (George Washington) and Jeff Walz (Louisville) as one of the four court coaches, while South Carolina’s Dawn Staley begins her duty as head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team.

“It’s always an honor to work with USA Basketball,” said Semrau. “I’m looking forward to working with head coach Dawn Staley at the first training camp in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.”

The camp will be utilized to help identify athletes for future USA National Team events, including the 2018 USA World Cup Team.

Approximately 30 athletes are expected to attend the camp, and the list of participants will be announced at a later date. Athletes competing in the WNBA Finals will not be available to participate.

The USA will tip-off training at 10 a.m. (PDT) daily, with sessions held at Westmont College on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. On Oct. 2, the USA National Team’s practice will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara Recreation Center’s Robertson Gymnasium.

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will compete in the 2018 FIBA World Cup (Sept. 22-30 in Spain) and, if the USA qualifies, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (July 24 – Aug. 9 in Tokyo), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games. The U.S. will first look to capture the title at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball, with an automatic berth to the 2020 Olympic Games being awarded to the gold medalist.

Semrau is one of 11 Seminoles whom have participated as a coach or played with USA Basketball. For the third straight year, FSU will be represented on the United States’ governing body of basketball – current senior Shakayla Thomas played with the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship Team, FSU alumna Natasha Howard participated on the 2016 USA Select Team and senior Chatrice White was involved in the FIBA 3X3 Team in 2016.

On FSU’s current coaching staff, assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff played on the USA Select Team, the World University Games Team and the Jones Cup Team when she was at Florida State.

FIBA World Cup of Basketball
The USA owns a record nine gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Cup play, while compiling an all-time 103-21 record at the event. In 2014, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. took the gold medal, while Spain captured silver and Australia won bronze.

Automatically qualified for two of the 16 World Cup slots are host Spain and the USA as defending Olympic champion. Twelve of the remaining 14 slots have been filled from three of the four FIBA qualifying tournaments already held in 2017, while the two nations emerging from the Africa Zone will be decided after the Aug. 26 African Championship semifinal games.

Qualified from the Asia Zone are Australia, China, Japan and South Korea; Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico qualified out of the AmeriCup; while Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia and Turkey qualified out of Europe.

The 18th FIBA World Cup format will feature a round-robin competition in preliminary round play with four groups comprised of four teams each. Following the preliminary round, teams will be seeded according to group play, and all participating teams will advance to the round of 16. Winners will advance to the medal round, and the gold medal game will be played on Sept. 30.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

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