USA Basketball has given Connecticut Sun GM Chris Sienko a tremendous honor. He has been chosen to serve on the 2013-16 National Team Player Selection Committee.
That means Sienko will help pick the 2014 USA World Championship and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams during this four-year commitment. Other members of the committee include Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan, San Antonio Silver Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes, WNBA star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith and Renee Brown, who is the WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations.
“It is an amazing and unexpected honor to participate on this committee with individuals I respect personally and professionally,” Sienko said. “There is a sense of awe that comes from an opportunity such as this, and I will do my best to contribute to the continued success of USA Basketball on an international level.”
Sienko has been the Sun GM since 2003 after the team relocated from Orlando to Connecticut. Prior to the Sun, Sienko also served as the General Manager of the New England Blizzard of the now-defunct ABL.
“Chris is integral to the success of the Connecticut Sun in selecting talented athletes and identifying the necessary intangibles that lead to a successful team on the court,” Callan said. “His support of the women’s game and its players is evident as the Sun have hosted several WNBA All-Star games and other events that have creatively promoted women’s basketball. We look forward to having Chris bring those qualities to USA Basketball’s player selection process.”
The USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the USA National Team pool of players. From that pool, the 12-member 2014 FIBA World Championship Team and the 2016 Olympic Games Team will be selected.