Corey Gaines, a Phoenix Suns assistant who formerly played in Japan, will be invited to coach the Japanese women’s national team, team assistant Tom Hovasse revealed on Tuesday.
Gaines will join the women’s team, which has already secured a spot at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as a guest coach during its April 25-May 11 training camp in Tokyo.
The 50-year-old is expected to teach the team some fast-tempo offensive plays, which he has learned under Paul Westhead, both as a player and assistant. Gaines played as a point guard for Westhead at Loyola Marymount University and was an assistant to the distinguished coach with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury for two years from the 2006-07 season.
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