When it comes to coaching basketball, 1987 Mount View High School graduate and former standout Mustang student-athlete Adrienne Shibles has a lot of notable notches in her belt.

The Knox native is the all-time winningest coach in Bowdoin College women's basketball history with 285 victories, and counting, while leading the Polar Bears to two consecutive Division III national championship game appearances in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Now, the Bates College of Lewiston graduate will work with the best talent from around the United States, as Shibles was named the USA women's U16 national team head coach on March 17.

"It’s such an honor," Shibles said. "I feel so blessed to have been chosen to work with these elite student-athletes and to represent our country.

"I just think it’s such an opportunity for me to step outside my comfort zone and work with different student-athletes, to travel internationally, and represent our country on the biggest stage of women’s basketball. I’m always looking for opportunities to grow and to develop, and I think this will certainly provide this for me."

This will not be the first time Shibles has worked with USA Basketball, as she was an on-court coach in 2019 in Colorado Springs for that year's tryouts.

"I think they must have liked what they saw while I was working with the students," Shibles said. "[USA Women's National Team Director] Carol Callan called me from USA Basketball back in November [2020] and asked if I would be interested in working as the head coach of the team. It’s a two-year commitment, and, of course, I was honored and flattered and agreed that I would do it."

The time spent on the court in 2019 for the tryouts allowed Shibles to see how the process was run on the national stage.

"One of the things that struck me, which is something I think about at Bowdoin, too, is keeping things simple is very important, and making sure your teaching progressions are clear and concise and simple for the student-athletes," Shibles said. "I think that will be the challenge for me is making sure I’m providing the student-athletes with the opportunity to show their skills and to develop within a system that works for all."

Shibles and Team USA leave for Chile on Tuesday, June 15, and with two months to go until their departure, a lot is still up in the air due to COVID-19.

"We are still trying to find a site for our tryouts in the states," Shibles said. "We are meeting regularly now, and then in late May I will fly out to an undetermined site to start the tryouts. I’ll be gone the whole month of June, but hopefully make a quick trip back for my daughter’s graduation on June 13 at Mount Ararat [High School of Topsham]."

The former "role player" for the Mustang girls basketball team said one of the aspects of the job she is most excited about is working with some of the top talent from around the nation.

"One of my former colleagues and friend, Carla Berube, who used to coach at Tufts [University], and is now [the women’s head coach] at Princeton [University], was the head coach of the [USA] team a few years back," she said. "She texted me during one of the [NCAA] final four games and said five of these athletes on the court right now are the kids I worked with, and there are great times ahead for you to be able to work with talent like this.

"It’s just really exciting to feel like I have an opportunity to work with these elite students that will, hopefully, be the top players in the nation, future Olympians, and to feel like maybe I played a little part in their development as a student-athlete is such an honor."

When it comes to coaching, and her basketball career, the former Mustang says "100 percent, no" when asked if she ever saw her career flourish the way it has, and her success is "beyond my wildest dreams."

"My role [at Mount View] was to play great defense and get rebounds, and as coach Downer said, ‘Don’t shoot unless you’re wide open under the basket.' " said Shibles. "From there, I fell in love with the game and was blessed to have those coaches that fed my confidence and made me believe I could be a collegiate basketball player.

"I just continued to grow exponentially given the foundation they had provided for me. When I think, as a coach, about what I want to give to my student-athletes here at Bowdoin, I think of coach Downer and Dunbar. I owe those two men so much, and I try to carry the qualities they carry on the court with me when I’m on the court with my women."