Clark-Heard named court coach for Team USA fall training camp

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Western Kentucky women's basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard has been named a court coach for the USA Basketball senior national team’s fall training camp that runs Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The court coaches were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee under the direction of chairwoman Carol Callan.

Heard will join Louisville coach Jeff Walz, Sue Semrau of Florida State and George Washington’s Jennifer Rizzotti. Heard previously served as an assistant under Walz at Louisville and also with the United States U23 National Team earlier this month in the inaugural Four Nations Tournament in Japan.

In her first assignment with USA Basketball, Heard served as an assistant with the 2015 Pan American Games squad that claimed the silver medal, giving her a 7-1 record as an assistant coach in competitive games at the international level.

The camp will be utilized to help identify athletes for future USA National Team events, including the 2018 USA World Cup Team, and will mark the United States’ first training camp under new coach Dawn Staley. Staley was named the senior national team’s head coach in March just before claiming her first national championship as the coach at South Carolina.