Canada Basketball and the Niagara Sports Commission announced that former Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano will be the Chair of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, taking place in St. Catharines June 10-16, 2018.
A native of the Niagara region, Triano will champion the event, which will highlight up-and-coming Canadian basketball talents and showcases the city of St. Catharines as a premium tourist and events destination.“I’m honoured to help bring this exciting international basketball event to Niagara.” Triano said, “I’m extremely proud of our region’s rich basketball history and of the talent Canada continues to produce.”
Triano was named interim head coach of the Raptors in December of 2008 after Sam Mitchell was fired. He became the first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history.
He currently is the head coach of the Men’s National Team and Associate Coach with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. He also played for the national team and captained Team Canada at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Triano is also a Canadian Basketball Hall of Famer. “We’re thrilled to have Jay as chair of the FIBA U18 Americas.” President and CEO of Canada Basketball Michele O’Keefe. “We know he will bring his immense dedication and passion for basketball, this country and the Niagara region to this role and help make this tournament a success.”
The tournament will see Canada along with seven teams from the Americas Zone vying for a top-three finish to qualify for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.