Siena Heights University women’s basketball head coach Sue Syljebeck was named a court coach for the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Syljebeck will work with the U18 staff and the 26 athletes who are attending trials, which will be used to determine the U18 National Team's 12-person roster.
“Being my first time (with USA Basketball), I’m really excited to see how things operate and to do everything I can to help the organization,” Syljebeck said in a press release on the USA Basketball web site. “It’s exciting to have an opportunity to help coach such talented athletes.”
In her six years as head coach at Siena Heights, Syljebeck, who also serves as SHU’s assistant athletic director, ranks as the school’s second all-time leader in wins (81) and win percentage. Before starting at Siena Heights in 2004, Syljebeck was the interim head coach at Nicholls State University during part of the 2003-04 season, and was associate head coach there before that. Additionally, Syljebeck has been an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University, where she earned her master’s degree in physical education in 2000, and at the University of New Orleans, where she played and earned her bachelor’s degree in human performance and health promotion in 1997.
The USA U18 National Team, led by University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, will compete in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, June 23-27 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. The 12-player 2010 USA Women's U18 National Team will be announced on the morning of June 11 and will remain in Colorado Springs for training through the start of the tournament on June 23.