Boyle named head coach of USA Basketball U18 FIBA Americas team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado. – University of Colorado Tad Boyle will be the head coach of the USA Basketball 2022 U18 Men’s National Team this summer at the FIBA U18 Americas Men’s Championship 2022, USA Basketball announced Friday.
Boyle will be assisted by Mike Boynton Jr. (Oklahoma State) and Leon Rice (Boise State).
NCAA head coaches Matt Langel (Colgate), Rob Lanier (SMU) and Tommy Lloyd (Arizona). All coaching selections were made by the United States Junior Men’s National Basketball Team Committee.
Boyle and Boynton both have previous experience with USA Basketball, while Rice, Langel, Lanier and Lloyd will make their USA Basketball debuts this summer.
Boyle’s time with USA Basketball dates back to training camp for the 2013 USA Men’s World University Games team, where he coached on the court. He was also a member of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where the United States won a bronze medal. Additionally, Boyle was an assistant coach for the 2017 U19 Men’s National Team which won bronze at the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Egypt.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to coach the 18-and-under national team,” Boyle said. “Anytime you have the opportunity to represent your country, it’s a responsibility that needs to be taken very seriously, and I look forward to doing that and working with a great group of young men and being back with USA Basketball.”
Boyle has 16 years of coaching experience, the last 12 at Colorado. He led the Buffaloes to five NCAA tournaments and four National Invitation Tournament appearances during his 12 years at Boulder. Boyle is second all-time in Colorado men’s basketball with 254 wins, holds the program’s five best single-season win totals and has nine of the program’s 13 20-win seasons.
Boynton served as an on-court coach for the USA U19 2021 team during training camp in Fort Worth, Texas before the team won gold at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2021. As As head coach of Oklahoma State, Boynton has compiled 87 wins in five seasons. In the 2021-22 season, Boynton helped OSU finish fifth in the Big 12 for the second consecutive season, marking the first time the program has finished in the top five of the Big 12 rankings in consecutive seasons since 2005.
Rice is the winningest coach in Boise State men’s basketball history, having had nine 20-win seasons and seven playoff appearances during his 12 years at the helm of the program, including the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The two-time Mountain West Coach of the Year led the Broncos to regular-season and tournament titles last year, only the fifth time a program has accomplished the feat in franchise history. the league.
“Working with this coaching staff is an opportunity for me to grow professionally and for us to grow professionally together,” Boyle said. “That’s what’s great about these kinds of experiences. I’ve had two already with John Calipari and Danny Manning and Mark Few and Mike Brown. So having the opportunity to learn and grow with Leon and Mike is something I look forward to.” also.”
USA won gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship 2018 and have won gold in nine of the 11 FIBA Americas U18 Championships since the event’s inception in 1990.
The dates and venue for the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2022 will be announced at a later date. The team will first meet in Houston for a training camp, prior to the event.