KAZAN, Russia —
“It’s definitely an honor to be here in the first place,” Ellenberg said. “It’s been great to represent the USA and actually win gold.”
The gold medal also represented ultimate success for Coale in her first head coaching opportunity on behalf of USA Basketball.
She had previously been an assistant coach with Team USA’s bronze-medal winning 2001 Junior World Championship team.
The World University Games represents a step forward from that. A multi-sport Olympic-style event, it’s hosted every two years and is open to male and female athletes between the ages of 17 and 24 who have been college or university students in the previous calendar year.
In 17 appearances at the games, Team USA now has claimed gold nine times, compiling a 101-15 record at the event.