2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

USA Basketball Names Gold Medal U16 Coaches Sue Phillips And Don Showalter 2013 Co-Developmental Coaches Of The Year

Jan. 6, 2014 • Colorado Springs, Colo.

Following perfect records and gold medals at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships for men and women, USA Basketball today announced Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S., Calif.), head coach of the USA U16 women, and Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa), head mentor for the USA U16 men, co-recipients of the 2013 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.

“I am excited and humbled to receive such an honor, and I would like to thank the USA Basketball Board of Directors,” Phillips said. “While this award is directed my way, this honor is a reflection of many people, and I am thankful to my assistant coaches, USA Basketball’s support staff and, most importantly, the players.

“I also am honored to share this award with Don, who is a tremendous coach and leader,” Phillips added.

This is the first award for Phillips, who led her first USA junior national team in 2013, and an unprecedented fifth-consecutive honor for Showalter, who has led USA men’s developmental teams to five-straight gold medals and a 31-0 record since 2009.

“I think each award takes on significance as I understand how much work goes into winning a gold medal – from the coaches, players, USA Basketball staff, doctors and trainers,” Showalter said. “I am honored to work with outstanding individuals who helped make this award possible but, ultimately, the players deserve the credit for their hard work and for buying into the USA Basketball way of playing. Eric Flannery and L.J. Goolsby are tremendous to work with as part of our coaching staff, and we would not have the great success without their input.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year
2013 Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty H.S. (CA) &
Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S. (IA)
2012 Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S. (TX) &
Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S. (IA) 
2011 Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S. (TX) &
Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA)
2010 Barbara Nelson, Wingate University &
Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA)
2009 Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S. (IA) 
2008 Carol Owens, Northern Illinois University
2007 Doug Bruno, DePaul University &
Joanne P. McCallie, Duke University
2006 Doug Bruno, DePaul University &
Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington
2005 Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University &
Jay Wright, Villanova University
2004 Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma
2003 Jim Foster, Ohio State University
2002 Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University
2001 Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
2000 Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
1999 Oliver Purnell, University of Dayton
1998 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
1997 Rene Portland, Penn State University
1996 Mike Montgomery, Stanford University   

“It is also an honor to share this award with another great coach in Sue Phillips,” Showalter continued. “I have had the privilege of knowing Coach Phillips, and she represents USA Basketball in an outstanding way.”

The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual coach, player and team of the year awards.

“USA Basketball is fortunate to have such dedicated coaches as Sue and Don at the helm of our youngest national teams,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “They each bring a wealth of talent and experience to the table, and I know that all of the players became better, on the court and off.”

The USA Basketball 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.

Phillips and Showalter list among an impressive group of past winners that includes: Geno Auriemma (2000), Jim Boeheim (1998), Doug Bruno (2006, 2007), Kathy Delaney-Smith (2005), Jim Foster (2003), Joanne P. McCallie (2007), Mike Montgomery (1996), Barb Nelson (2010), Carol Owens (2008), Rene Portland (1997), Oliver Purnell (1999), Lorenzo Romar (2006), Debbie Ryan (2001), Kelvin Sampson (2004), Jill Rankin Schneider (2011, 2012), Marsha Sharp (2002) and Jay Wright (2005).

Sue Phillips
Under Phillips’ guidance, the USA Women’s U16 National Team beat its opponents by an average margin of 63.8 points per game on its way to a 5-0 record and gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was played June 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico. The top-four finish also qualified the USA for this summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

“What made coach Phillips a great coach was her love for the game,” said Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.), who was named MVP of the tournament. “She loves to compete, and she always wants to get better. She pushed us harder each and every day of our two-a-day practices in Colorado to strive for greatness. She's a coach that really cares about her players and wants to win.”

Four of Phillips’ U.S. players averaged double-digit scoring and nine players averaged at least 15.6 minutes per game as the USA raced through the tournament. In fact, the team’s closest win was by 34 points (82-48) against Canada in the gold medal game on June 23.

The USA led the tournament in 16 of 19 statistical categories, including scoring (92.6), scoring margin (+63.8), 3-point field goal percentage (.423), rebounding margin (+22.0), blocked shots (29), assists (69) and steals (106).

Among 2013 tournament single-game highs, the USA topped the list for points (106) field goals made (44), field goals attempted (86), rebounds (67) and assists (27) against Costa Rica on June 21; for field goal percentage (.606) and 3-point field goal percentage (.538) versus Mexico on June 22; for 3-point field goals made (12) and attempted (30) against Argentina on June 20; and for blocked shots (11) against Canada on June 23.

In the USA women’s U16 competition record book, the 2013 team set records for 3-pointers made (47) and attempted (111) and tied the single-game records for highest field goal percentage (.490) and 3-point percentage (.423).

Additionally, with 30 3-point attempts versus Argentina on June 20, the 2013 squad set an all-time U.S. women’s U16 single-game record.

Phillips is in the midst of her 21st season as head coach at Archbishop Mitty in the 2013-14 high school season, and her team is off to a 7-4 start as of Jan. 6.

Don Showalter
Under Showalter’s guidance, the USA Men’s U16 National Team won its games by an average margin of 53.4 points per game on its way to a 5-0 record and gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was played June 11-15 in Uruguay. The top-four finish also qualified the USA for this summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

 “Coach Showalter was a great coach,” said Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.), who was named MVP of the tournament. “He always pushed us to be better than we were. He is highly respected, and he doesn’t allow anyone to be average. He wants everyone to be great.”

Six U.S. players averaged double-digit scoring and all twelve players averaged at least 12.0 minutes per game as the USA cruised through the tournament. In fact, the USA’s closest win was by 24 points (96-72) against Argentina in the preliminary round.

The USA led the tournament in 14 of 19 statistical categories, including scoring (106.8), assists (107), steals (87), field goal percentage (.488), rebounding margin (21.8), blocked shots (70) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3).

Among 2013 tournament single-game highs, the USA topped the list for most points scored (130), field goals made (56), field goals attempted (98), field goal percentage (.571), rebounds (73), assists (29) and steals (23) all recorded against Mexico on June 11; and set the high for blocked shots (16) against Argentina on June 12.

In the USA men’s U16 competition record book, the team set records for most rebounds (315), rebounds averaged (63.0), free throws made (95), free throws attempted (163), blocked shots (70) and steals (87).

In the USA men’s U16 record book, the 2013 squad set single-game records for points (130), field goals made (56) and rebounds (73) against Mexico on June 11; for free throws attempted (42) and steals (23) versus Bahamas on June 13; and for free throw percentage (.710) against Argentina on June 15. 

The USA's 130 points against Mexico tied the FIBA Americas U16 mark for most points scored, while its 56 field goals made and 73 rebounds against Mexico, and its overall scoring margin, rebounds, rebound margin, blocked shots and steals set high-water marks in the history of the event. Further, the USA's Thomas Bryant set an individual FIBA Americas U16 competition record with 18 blocked shots.

Showalter is now a perfect 31-0 over the past five summers as head coach and has won three FIBA Americas U16 Championships and two FIBA U17 World Championship titles.

Showalter, who currently is in his 39th year (1974 to present) as a high school head coach, is in his second season as head coach at Iowa City High School, and his team is off to a 4-2 start as of Jan. 6.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships. 

USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. 

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 World Championships; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls. 

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