Missy Schultz, an associate athletic trainer at Butler University, will spend the spring working for USA Basketball with the U16 Women's Team.
Schultz, who just finished her third year at Butler, will be with the national team for the trials at the Olympic Training in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23-27. After practices in Colorado in mid-June, Schultz will go with USA Basketball to Cancun, Mexico, June 19-23 for the FIBA Americas U16 Women's Basketball Championship.
At Butler, her main responsibilities are women's basketball and distances runners in BU's cross country and track & field programs. She also assists as needed with the school's football team.
"We are just as thrilled as can be that Missy gets to embark on this experience with USA Basketball," head women's basketball coach Beth Couture said. "This speaks volumes as to what we witness every day - an athletic trainer who is both knowledgeable and great at what she does. She gets to work with the elite of our country, and in turn they are working with an elite athletic trainer. We look forward to hearing about her journey whens she returns."
The top four teams in the FIBA Americas U16 Women's Basketball Championship advance to the 2014 U17 World Championship. In addition to the USA, the other teams competing are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
The U16 women's team is coached by Sue Phillips and assisted by Mary Klinger and Brian Robinson. The USA is 10-0 in the last two U16 championships, capturing two gold medals.
Schultz, a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a member of the College Athletic Trainers Society, also served as a trainer for Universal Studios/NBC on a football movie set as well as stints at Benedictine University and Northern Illinois University.
Schultz graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 2004. She earned her masters degree in education with an emphasis in exercise physiology and fitness leadership from Northern Illinois University in 2006.