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Suzy Merchant to coach Pan American Games women’s basketball team

March 13, 2019
Head coach Suzy Merchant watches on during the game against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 2019 at Breslin Center. The Spartans beat the Gophers, 86-68.
Head coach Suzy Merchant watches on during the game against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 2019 at Breslin Center. The Spartans beat the Gophers, 86-68. —
Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

USA Basketball announced Michigan State women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant will coach the United States Women's’ Basketball team in the 2019 Pan American Games.

“First off I would say it’s extremely humbling,” Merchant said in a press release. “I don’t think there’s a prouder moment in your profession than to be able to represent your country and have the opportunity to win a gold medal. I feel very blessed and honored to have this opportunity.”

Merchant will be joined by Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State’s head coach and Felisha Legette-Jack, Buffalo’s head coach.

Merchant was an assistant coach to the 2009 USA basketball team, which went 7-0, to take home the World University Games gold medal after beating Russia, 83-64.

Trials to pick the 12-women roster are May 16-20 in the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with training camp to follow July 15-30.

In order to be eligible for the team, players must be a U.S. citizen, that is fully enrolled college student with eligibility for the 2019-2020 season. The 2019 games will take place July 31- Aug. 4 in Lima, Peru.

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