Experienced Prep Coach Don Showalter To Lead 2009-10 USA Men's Developmental National Team
-- Herman Harried, Kevin Sutton Selected To Serve As Assistant Coaches --
Colorado Springs, Colo. - April 22, 2009
Thirty-five year high school coaching veteran Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) has been selected head coach for the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Also named today as assistant coaches were Herman Harried, head coach Lake Clifton High School (Md.), and Kevin Sutton, head coach at Montverde Academy (Fla.). The coaches were selected by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee.
The USA Developmental National Team will look to capture the gold medal at the inaugural 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, slated to be held June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina, and qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. In order to be eligible for both of these age-based events, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen born on or after January 1, 1993.
-As you can imagine, this is a really exciting time for me," said Showalter. -As a coach, when you reach the highest level of coaching you can reach, which for me is being the national team coach for the high school level, is a tremendous honor. I'm very excited about it. Working with USA Basketball has been a great experience for me in the past, with the Hoop Summit and the (Youth Development) Festival and other various things. It's a really exciting time for me, the coaching staff and the under-16 players who will be selected to be on the national team.
-I know both coaches very well. We've worked together in the past at various events. One thing about both Herman and coach Sutton is they really bring good experience with them from the high school level, from the college level and with international experience as well. That makes a big difference. They're going to be great to work with; we've already been on the phone talking about the team and how we're going to do things. I'm really looking forward to working with both of those guys."
The eight-team tournament in 2009 will feature U16 national teams from the FIBA Americas Zone, which includes North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top three finishing nations will qualify to compete in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship (dates and site TBD), against U17 national teams from around the globe.
Featuring approximately 20 of the nation's top 16-and-unders, the invited athletes will train June 6-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-member team that will represent the U.S. this summer will be announced prior to the USA's June 13 departure for Argentina.
Chaired by USA Basketball Men's National Teams Director Sean Ford (non-voting chair), the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team features five voting members: Ron Crawford, head of the Arkansas Wings AAU program and Boo Williams, head of the Boo Williams Summer League (Va.) were appointed by the AAU; Eric Flannery, head coach at St. Edwards High School (Ohio) and John Olive, head coach at Torrey Pines High School (Calif.) were appointed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS); while 1999 USA Pan American Games Team member Kermit Holmes serves as the athlete representative.
Showalter takes the reins of his third USA team this summer with his selection as the 2009 USA U16 National Team head coach. Previously Showalter headed up the 1998 USA Junior National Select Team that participated in the Nike Hoop Summit and later that year served as head coach of the 1998 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival North Team.
One of the nation's most accomplished high school coaches, Showalter recently completed his 35th year
(1974-present) as a teacher and high school head coach, and has posted an overall record of 521-262 (.667) and won 15 district titles during that span. Also, Showalter has taken Mid-Prairie to the Iowa State Tournament four times, highlighted by a second place finish in 2007 and a fourth place finish in 1996.
The head coach at Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) since the 1984-85 season, Showalter boasts a 405-170 (.706) record there.
Before assuming head coaching duties at Mid-Prairie, Showalter served eight seasons (1976-84) as head coach at Central Elkader High School (Iowa), where he totaled a 108-63 (.632) record, including an Iowa State Tournament appearance in 1982.
Nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee as USA Basketball's 2003 Volunteer Coach of the Year, Showalter has been recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication to the game. In 2004 he earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Advocacy Award, which also went to Eddie Sutton and Bo Ryan that year. Recently Showalter was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as the 2009 Regional Coach of the Year after having been named the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year eight times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008).
Showalter, who has extensive experience coaching elite athletes, was selected in 1998 by USA Basketball as the head coach of the USA Junior National Select Team that competed against a World Select Team in the 1998 Hoop Summit and also coached the â€˜98 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival North Team. Showalter was also the coordinator for a youth clinic hosted by USA Basketball in New York in 2004.
In addition to his USA Basketball coaching assignments, Showalter served as the head coach at the 2008 Derby Classic High School All-Star Game, 2005 Jordan Classic High School All"Star Game, 2001 Capital Classic High School All-Star Game, 1999 McDonald's High School All-American Game; 1992 Iowa AAU Senior Select Team that competed in Russia and also was an assistant coach for the 1991 Iowa AAU Senior Select Team that played in Australia.
Showalter served from 2001-08 as the chair of the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee, which selected high school players and coaches for the USA Youth Development Festival and the USA Junior National Select Team. He is currently serving on the McDonald's High School All-America Game Selection Committee, as well as chairman of the NABC High School Committee and the Iowa All-Star Steering Committee.
-It's an honor. To be asked to coach for USA Basketball at any level is just a great honor," said Harried. -What I like about the coaching staff, we know each other very well. We've worked a lot of Nike events together so we've had the opportunity to get to know each other. I think we'll work well together because there won't be any egos. We all know where we stand, we've all had success in our careers and we'll be able to put that together to make it work.
-It's hard to look too far ahead to winning a gold medal because first we have to work on ourselves. We have to put our guys together. First of all we'll be working on getting them to realize that they're not playing individually, they'll be playing as a group, as a team. They'll be representing one of the biggest teams possible and that's the United States of America. As soon as we can get them to understand that, we can start laying out our base from there. Once we get to Argentina we'll take it one game at a time, compete and represent the country first and foremost."
Harried boasts of success with his Lake Clifton High School program and with USA Basketball. Serving as the head coach of the 2006 USA Junior Select Team that earned a 109-91 victory in the Nike Hoop Summit, Harried also served as the assistant coach for the 2005 USA Junior Select Team that earned a 106-98 win in the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit, and was head coach for the 2004 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival East Team that won the bronze medal.
A four-year varsity player at Syracuse University (N.Y.) (1984-85, 1986-87 to 1988-89), Harried played in four NCAA Tournaments and was part of the 1986-87 Syracuse team that won the Big East Conference title and fell 74-73 in the final seconds to Indiana in the NCAA championship game. Compiling an overall record of 109-33 (.768 winning percentage) while playing for Syracuse, Harried went on to play five seasons professionally in Europe, playing in England, Greece and Portugal. While playing in England for the Worthing Bears, Harried led his team to two English championships, was twice named an all-star and in 1994 was named MVP of the National Cup (English Championship) after tallying 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Harried has parlayed the success he experienced playing for the Orangemen and overseas into winning as a coach. Completing his 12th season (1997-98 to present) as head mentor at Lake Clifton, Harried has guided his teams to an overall record of 237-78 for a 75.2 winning percentage. Lake Clifton has flourished under Harried's direction, capturing a pair of Maryland state titles, four regional championships and four Baltimore City crowns.
Most recently he piloted Lake Clifton to a 28-0 record, the 2009 Maryland Class 3A championship, North Region title and the Baltimore City crown, becoming just the third Baltimore city school to go undefeated since the city schools began competing in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state tournament in the 1992-93 season. Additionally, Lake Clifton ended the year ranked No. 5 in the East Region by USA Today and was ranked nationally by ESPN (No. 19), Rivals.com (No. 17) and MaxPreps (No. 25). For his efforts in 2008-09, Harried was named the 2009 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
In addition to this season's accomplishments, Harried guided the Lakers to the 1999 Maryland 4A State title, advanced as far as the 2001 and 2004 Class 4A Final Four, earned three Maryland 4A Regional championships (1999, 2001 and 2003), advanced to the 2002 and 2004 4A State Regional Finals, the 2007 Maryland Class 3A Regional Finals, won the 2007 Class 3A Regional crown and earned three Baltimore City championships (2003, 2008, 2009).
Prior to working at Clifton, Harried spent a season coaching at Loyola College (Md.), where under his guidance the Greyhounds compiled a record of 18-10 and finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Harried's success at Clifton has led to him being honored with coaching duties in numerous all-star games and camps. Most recently he headed up the international squad the in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic, and he has also coached at the 2009 Charm City Classic, 2008 and 2009 Baltimore City vs. County All-Star Games, 2002 Jordan Capital Classic and the 2002 Charm City All-Star Classic. Harried has also worked as an instructor or coach at the 2005-08 Nike Skills Academy, 2004 Michael Jordan Flight School, 2000-06 Nike All America Camp, and the 2002-08 Nike Hoop Jamboree, among others.
-I was awed and humbled to be asked to coach for USA Basketball," said Sutton. -I'm excited for several reasons: for one, to be able to serve my country in a capacity that I am most comfortable in as a basketball coach; secondly, to have the opportunity to work with an organization like USA Basketball; and third, I was honored and humbled to be selected to be a part of this new venture with the U16/U17 Junior National Teams.
-I have had the opportunity over the last two summers to work some camps with Don Showalter and Herman Harried. I have found both of them to be outstanding people first and foremost. They're both outstanding coaches, their track records speak for themselves. As a matter of fact, Herman won the Maryland state championship this past season. I know that we will be able to work very well together as a staff. With Don as the head coach, he will tap into Herman's strengths, he will tap into my strengths and collectively we will be a united coaching staff. I think we'll do a very, very good job."
An assistant coach for the 2003 USA Men's Youth Development Festival East Team, Sutton returns to USA Basketball for his second coaching assignment. He comes to USA U16 National Team coaching staff with 23 years
(1986-87 to present) of coaching experience behind him, including a pair of two-year stints as an assistant at NCAA Division I schools and 10 years working as an assistant to legendary prep coach Stu Vetter.
Currently Sutton is the head coach at Montverde Academy, where in six seasons (2003-04 to present) he has compiled a 136-27 record for a stunning 83.4 winning percentage, recording no less than 20 wins each season at Montverde. In what was his best season to date at the school, his 2006-07 squad posted a perfect 30-0 slate and finished No. 4 nationally and No. 3 in the South Region in USA Today's final Super 25 rankings.
Prior to arriving at Montverde, Sutton was the head coach at Bishop McNamara High School (Md.), where he compiled a 42-25 record over two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03).
In addition to his high school experience, Sutton was a two-year (1999-2000, 2000-01) assistant to current Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Jeff Capel at Old Dominion University (Va.).
Before coaching at ODU, Sutton coached at four Washington, D.C., area schools from 1988-89 through 1998-99. During those 11 years, Sutton was the head coach and athletics director at Montrose Christian School (Md.) for one season (1998-99). In his first season as a varsity head coach, Sutton was selected the 1999 Beltway Basketball League Coach of the Year after leading Montrose to the conference title.
Working under Vetter the previous 10 years, Sutton coached six years (1992-93 through 1997-98) at perennial power St. John's at Prospect Hall (Md.) as the associate varsity head coach and junior varsity head coach; acted as the varsity assistant coach at Harker Preparatory School (Md.) for two seasons (1990-91 through 1991-92); and worked at Flint Hill Preparatory School (Va.) for two years (1988-89 through 1989-90) as the varsity assistant coach, head junior varsity coach, as well as the Flint Hill middle school head coach.
During his coaching tenure, Sutton has been on the coaching staff of no less than 12 USA Today nationally ranked teams, six of which came during his stint at St. John's at Prospect Hall, including a national championship in 1998, a pair of runner-up finishes in 1995 and 1997, No. 7 in 1996, No. 8 in 1993 and No. 17 in 1994. Both of his seasons at Harker saw the school finish ranked No. 6 by USA Today and Flint Hill finished ranked No. 6 in 1989 and No. 7 in 1990.
In all, Sutton has compiled an overall coaching record of 453-111, including 204-57 as a head coach of varsity squads.
A three-year letter winner (1984-86) at James Madison University (Va.), Sutton got his coaching start as a two-year (1986-87 and 1987-88) graduate assistant for his alma mater.