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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Bruno, Gillom to assist Auriemma

Associated Press

DePaul's Doug Bruno and the Lynx's Jennifer Gillom will assist Geno Auriemma with the U.S. women's national basketball team through the 2010 World Championships.

Bruno enters his 24th season at DePaul this winter and has guided the Blue Demons to the NCAA tournament 14 times. He is the only two-time winner of USA Basketball's Developmental National Coach of the Year award, heading up a pair of age-based teams in back-to-back summers, compiling a 16-0 record along the way.

Gillom took over the Lynx right before the WNBA season started, when former coach Don Zierden abruptly resigned. Gillom got the team off to a 4-1 start before star player Seimone Augustus went down with an ACL injury.

"Having the right coaching staff is really key, because we want people who know how to teach the game and have great rapport with the players," Auriemma said. "Doug, from all the years that he's coached, the opportunities he's had with USA Basketball and his tremendous love and dedication to the game of women's basketball, I thought he was a great pick.

"Jennifer, having played at the highest level and having been thrown into a situation in Minnesota, I thought she did an incredible job all summer," he said.

Gillom is no stranger to USA basketball, having won five golds during her international career. She was on the 1988 Olympic gold medal team and also helped the U.S. to titles in the 1986 and 2002 World Championships.

"I was shocked, dazed, you name it, when I was asked to coach," she said. "With all the things that have happened to me in the past year, being inducted into the [Women's Basketball] Hall of Fame, then being the new Lynx head coach, this really tops the charts. I thought it was an honor as a player, but coming back as a coach is definitely one of the highlights of my career."

As of now, Bruno isn't eligible to coach with good friend Auriemma at the Olympics because USA Basketball's selection criteria precludes two coaches from the same conference from coaching on the same staff.

The U.S. team will train at the end of September for a week at American University in Washington, D.C., before heading overseas to play in a tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.