U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Glatch, Kiley to Lead U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Teams

June 24, 2009, 7:14 p.m. (ET)

Jim Glatch, the long time head coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and David Kiley, Hall of Fame player  and current U.S. Under-23 assistant coach, will lead the U.S. men's and women's national teams, respectively, into next year's IWBF World Championships in Birmingham, England.

Glatch has served as the head coach of Edinboro University since 1995.  He was an assistant coach on the U.S. Under-23 Team in 2001 and is the head coach of the same team in 2009.  Kiley is a 10-time medalist in both Paralympic and World Championship competition as well as serving as the head coach of the Charlotte Rolling Bobcats Junior Team for the past seven years.  In addition to his role on the 2009 U.S. Under-23 Team he was a U.S. Men's Team Assistant Coach for the 2004 Paralympic Games, as well.

Both are honored to lead the United States' wheelchair basketball teams. "This is the highlight of my coaching career," Glatch said. "To be able to help prepare the country's best athletes to represent the U.S. is a dream come true."  Kiley offered similar sentiments, "I am humbled and honored to receive this appointment," he said. "I have large shoes to fill and will start immediately to provide our women with the leadership they deserve."

NWBA Executive Director Todd Hatfield was equally excited. "We have not only two good coaches but two good people," he said.  "These two will have our teams ready to compete on the court and serve as excellent ambassadors for our sport and our country off of it."

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