Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce (right) directs players during a game on Jan. 13, 2019. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce to assist on USA national team

Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce was named to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff Monday.

Pierce joins Gregg Popovich’s staff that also includes Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Villanova head coach Jay Wright as assistants.

The staff will lead the USA National Team in 2019-20, which will include the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15) and, if the USA qualifies, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug. 9). The USA National Team will open its training on Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor to receive this opportunity to represent our country and to work with such great coaches and staff,” said Pierce. “My family and I are excited about and committed to enjoying this journey.”

In his first season as an NBA head coach, Pierce led the Hawks to a five-win improvement over 2017-18. Pierce and his staff worked with rookies Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman.

Pierce, 42, came to the Hawks following five years as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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