Popovich, not Calipari, named new head coach of USA Basketball

10/23/2015 02:06 PM

AMERICAUSA Basketball has a new leader, and it’s not John Calipari.

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo officially named Gregg Popovich the head coach of the USA Men’s National Team on Friday afternoon, a position he will hold from 2017 to 2020.

Popovich, a 5-time NBA champion coach with the San Antonio Spurs, will replace current USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who announced earlier this week he will step down after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Krzyzewski, head coach of the defending collegiate national champion Duke Blue Devils, will become a “special adviser” for the Team USA after the 2016 Olympic Games.

  • “I’m extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to represent our country as the coach of the USA National Team,” said Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. “What the program has accomplished over the last decade under the leadership of Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski is truly impressive. I will do my utmost to maintain the high standards of success, class and character established by Jerry, Coach K and the many players who have sacrificed their time on behalf of USA Basketball.”

When news of a changing of the guard surfaced earlier this week, rumors circulated online that Kentucky head coach John Calipari was being considered for the Team USA job, but it’s hard to complain about picking someone with such a prestigious resume like Gregg Popovich.

Hopefully Coach Pop will enjoy coaching a roster that’s half former UK players.


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