COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Basketball announced Thursday morning that University of Delaware women’s basketball head coach Natasha Adair has been chosen as an assistant coach for the 2018 Women’s U18 National Team.
“To be named as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball is not only an honor, but a dream come true,” exclaimed Adair.  “I’m extremely proud to be working with phenomenal coaches and players this coming summer.  I understand the commitment, responsibility and pride that is required to represent the United States of America.  When I put on the red, white and blue, it is to coach, lead and guide some of the country’s best and brightest players to the ultimate achievement of winning a gold medal and representing the USA in the highest regard.”
The 2018 USA Basketball U18 National Team will be led by University of Louisville head coach Jeff Walz while UCLA head coach Cori Close will also serve as an assistant coach alongside Adair.
The trio will guide the USA at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, for which the dates and location are still to be announced. The top four finishing teams at the championship will earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
“I’m thrilled to be working together with Jeff Walz and Cori Close, both of which I’ve known since our days working in the ACC,” Adair remarked. “Their impact on women’s basketball at the collegiate and national level speaks volumes to their experiences and abilities which will impact and help guide the USA U18 National Team towards a gold medal. Jeff and Cori are two of the best in the business and I’m honored to be with them on the sideline, in the huddle and every step of the way as we lead a very talented group of young ladies this summer.”
Adair will serve in her second USA Basketball coaching assignment as she previously served as a court coach during the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials.

Earlier this month, Adair was chosen to present at the USA Basketball las Vegas Coach Academy from July 25-27.
In her first season at the helm of the Blue Hens this past year, Adair led Delaware to its most wins (19) and first postseason appearance since the 2013-14 campaign.
Portions of this release courtesy of USA Basketball
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