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USA Basketball Names U16 Coaches Jill Rankin Schneider And Don Showalter 2011 Co-Developmental Coaches Of The Year

Jan. 24, 2012 • Colorado Springs, Colo.

In recognition of outstanding performances at the men’s and women’s FIBA Americas U16 Championships this past summer, USA Basketball today announced Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Texas), head coach of the USA U16 women’s team, and Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie H.S., Iowa), head mentor for the USA U16 men’s team, as co-recipients of the 2011 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.

Rankin Schneider and Showalter each led USA teams to undefeated performances in 2011, qualifying the USA for the men’s and women’s 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships. The U16 girls captured a 5-0 record and the FIBA Americas U16 Championship title with a 73-40 win over Brazil on June 18 in Merida, Mexico, while Showalter and the U16 boys claimed gold with a 104-64 victory over Argentina on June 25 in Cancun, Mexico.

“It gives me a great deal of pride to have been selected,” Rankin Schneider said. “I am also humbled by the opportunity to coach tremendously talented athletes and to coach with two extremely gifted assistant coaches -- Gail Hook and Letitia Hughley. In addition, all of the work and support of the USA Basketball staff made my job incredibly easy to perform. Being selected to coach the team was such an unbelievable honor and opportunity, and being named
co-Developmental Coach of the Year is a salute to all of the great people I had around me.”

Showalter first earned the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of Year award in 2009, following the inaugural U16 championship in Argentina, and he shared the honor in 2010 after the USA men’s and women’s teams captured the FIBA U17 World Championship titles in Germany and France, respectively. With his third consecutive gold-medal summer, Showalter becomes the only three-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year recipient in the award’s 16-year history.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award Recipients
Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S. (TX)
& Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA)  
Barbara Nelson, Wingate University
& Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA)
Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA)   
Carol Owens, Northern Illinois University
Doug Bruno, DePaul University
& Joanne P. McCallie, Duke University
Doug Bruno, DePaul University
& Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington
Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University & Jay Wright, Villanova University
Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma
Jim Foster, Ohio State University
Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University
Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
Oliver Purnell, University of Dayton
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Rene Portland, Penn State University
Mike Montgomery, Stanford University

“I am humbled and honored to be named as co-Developmental Coach of the Year,” Showalter said. “I am pleased to share this honor with Coach Schneider, who did a great job with the U16 women’s team as well.  We certainly had a great U16 team with the players buying into our philosophy and hard work, and I am proud to have been a small part of our success. To work along with Mike Jones and Rich Gray as assistant coaches was a great learning experience. USA Basketball is a first class organization with which we are all very proud to be associated.”

USA Basketball’s Development Coach of the Year award was established in 1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who, during the year of the award, made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the developmental level. The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual coach, player and team of the year awards.

“At both of the FIBA Americas U16 Championships this past summer USA Basketball was led by excellent coaches who produced two very impressive teams,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. “In addition to undefeated records and qualifying berths into next summer’s U17 world championships, Don and Jill produced teams that exemplified teamwork and sportsmanship.  We are proud to recognize their accomplishments, and we are grateful for their involvement.”

Rankin Schneider and Showalter list among an impressive group of past award winners, including Barb Nelson (2010), Carol Owens (2008), Doug Bruno (2007, 2006), Joanne P. McCallie (2007),  Lorenzo Romar (2006), Kathy Delaney-Smith (2005), Jay Wright (2005), Kelvin Sampson (2004), Jim Foster (2003), Marsha Sharp (2002), Debbie Ryan (2001), Geno Auriemma (2000), Oliver Purnell (1999), Jim Boeheim (1998), Rene Portland (1997) and Mike Montgomery (1996).

Jill Rankin Schneider

Under Rankin Schneider’s guidance, the USA U16 women wrapped up a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was played June 13-18 in Merida, Mexico, qualifying the USA for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.

“Coach Schneider is very deserving of this award,” said Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro Catholic H.S./Owensboro, Ky.), who was named co-MVP of the tournament. “She always had a smile on her face, and she brought a lot of energy to the whole team. She set high expectations for us, and she pushed us to our limits. She got the best out of us in every game.”
The U.S. opened the tournament with a 71-54 win over Brazil; followed by an 82-46 defeat of Argentina; a 114-32 win over Venezuela; a 99-51 defeat of Puerto Rico in the semifinals; and a 73-40 win over Brazil in the gold medal game.
The U.S. U16 squad scored an average of 87.8 points a game and won its eight games by a whopping average of 43.2 points per game.

Dominating the tournament statistics, the U.S. led the eight nations in 11 of 21 team  statistical categories, including scoring offense (87.8 ppg.); scoring margin (+43.2 ppg.); field goal percentage (.440); 3-point field goal percentage (.344); rebounding (64.4 rpg.); rebounding margin (+22.8 rpg.); blocked shots (9.6 bpg.); assists (17.6 apg.); and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9).

In the USA U16 record book, the 2011 squad set four competition records, including most rebounds (322); rebounding average (64.4 rpg.); blocked shots averaged (9.6 bpg.); and steals averaged (17.4 spg.).

The 2011 team also set five USA U16 women’s single-game records, including field goals attempted (95); free throws attempted (32); rebounds (83); assists (32); and blocked shots (12); and additionally, tied the record for steals (22).
In addition to Rankin Schneider and Greenwell, the 2010 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team roster included: Recee’ Caldwell (Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. / San Antonio, Texas); Jordin Canada (Windward School / Los Angeles, Calif.); Kaela Davis (Buford H.S. / Suwanee, Ga.); Greenwell; Linnae Harper (Whitney M. Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Erica McCall (Ridgeview H.S. / Bakersfield, Calif.); Taya Reimer (Hamilton Southeastern H.S. / Fisher, Ind.); Mercedes Russell (Springfield H.S. / Springfield, Ore.); Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S. / Randallstown, Md.); Sydney Umeri (The Lovett School / Acworth, Ga.); and Jatarie White (Providence Day School / Charlotte, N.C.). Serving as assistant coaches were Gail Hook (Monarch H.S., Colo.) and Letitia Hughley (Flint Northern Academy and Mott Community College, Mich.).

Now in her 14th season (1998-99 to present) as head coach at Monterey High School in Texas, Rankin Schneider led her squad to a 23-11 record in 2010-11. Thus far in 2011-12, she has piloted her Monterey team to a 19-5 record (as of Jan. 19, 2011).

Don Showalter

Showalter led the 2011 USA U16 squad to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was played June 21-25 in Cancun, Mexico, qualifying the USA for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.

“What stood out for me, and a lot of other players recognized about Coach Showalter’s style as well, was that he was really big about always competing,” said Jabari Parker (Simeon H.S./Chicago, Ill.), who was named MVP of the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship as well as the 2011 USA Basketball  Male Athlete of the Year. “Whether it was practice or a game, he always expected us to go hard every minute, and I think that showed in our performance during the tournament.”
The USA opened with a 105-70 win over Brazil; followed by a 102-81 victory against Argentina; a
118-46 blowout of Costa Rica; a 113-70 win against Canada in the semifinals; and a 104-64 defeat of Argentina in the gold medal game.

Scoring 108.4 points a game, the USA won its five contests by an impressive average of 42.0 points per contest.
The USA U16 Team dominated the tournament statistics, leading the eight nations in 11 of 21 major team statistical categories, including scoring offense (108.4 ppg.); scoring defense (66.2 ppg.); scoring margin (+42.2 ppg.); field goal percentage (.548); field goal percentage defense (.332); rebounding (55.6 rpg.); blocked shots (12.0 bpg.); assists (24.6 apg.); steals (14.8 spg.); assists-to-turnover ratio (1.4); and defensive boards (38.6 rpg.).

The team also set seven single-game team records, including field goals made (53); free throws made (28) and attempted (40); free throw percentage (.704); rebounds (66); assists (35); blocked shots (22); and steals (21); as well as eight USA U16 team competition records, including field goals made (218); field goal percentage (.548); free throw percentage (.632); rebounds (278); rebounding average (55.6 rpg.); assists (123); blocked shots (60); and steals (74).

Alongside Showalter and Parker, the 2011 USA Men's U16 Team included: Larry Austin (Lamphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); Dom Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.); Justin Jackson (Home School Christian Youth Association / Houston, Texas); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Parker; Theo Pinson (Oakridge Military Academy / Greensboro, N.C.); and Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.). Serving as assistant coaches were Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles AAU, Mo.) and Mike Jones (DeMatha H.S., Md.).

In preparation for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, Showalter also directed the 2011-12 USA Men’s Developmental National Team through four training sessions during a mini-camp Oct. 15 and 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Now in his 38th year as a high school coach, Showalter has led Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Iowa, to five Iowa state tournaments since taking over the program in 1984-85.

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