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USA Basketball Names Barbara Nelson, Don Showalter 2010 Co-Developmental Coaches Of The Year

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Dec. 16, 2010 • Colorado Springs, Colo.

In recognition of the USA's outstanding gold-medal performances at the inaugural men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships in 2010, USA Basketball today announced Barbara Nelson, head coach of the USA U17 women and Wingate University (N.C.), and Don Showalter, head mentor for the USA U17 men and Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa), as the 2010 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coaches of the Year.

Nelson and Showalter each led USA teams to undefeated performances in 2010, with Nelson capturing the women's FIBA U17 World Championship title July 16-25 in Toulouse and Rodez, France, and Showalter bringing home gold on the men's side July 2-11 in Hamburg, Germany.

"I am honored to be selected as a Co-Developmental Coach of the Year," Nelson said. "Working with USA Basketball and all of the young athletes was a wonderful experience, and the memories we made were once in a lifetime. This recognition is a tribute to the players and coaches who worked very hard to become a great team. I also want to congratulate coach Showalter and his U17 team for their great accomplishments. USA Basketball had a phenomenal year."

"When I look at the names of previous winners, it's a pretty elite group," Showalter said. "I feel honored and privileged to be recognized alongside Barbara Nelson. To represent USA Basketball and your country in international competition is the highest honor a coach can have, let alone a high school coach, and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity."

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.

USA Basketball Developmental
Coach of the Year Award Recipients
Barbara Nelson, Wingate University &
Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie High School, IA
Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie High School, 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

"Barb and Don helped build exemplary teams this past summer, and USA Basketball is very proud of its performances in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championships," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "Both coaches inspired their team to play with great skill, commitment and team work, which is obvious from their incredible performances, but they also inspired great sportsmanship."

While Nelson is a first-time honoree, Showalter is now a two-time recipient having also earned the Developmental Coach of the Year Award in 2009. The pair list among an impressive group of past award winners, including 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).

Barbara Nelson

Nelson certainly got the best out of her squad on the way to a gold medal and perfect 8-0 record in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in France. The USA scored an average of 94.8 points per game and won its eight games by a whopping average of 37.4 points.

"She was a great coach because she has so much passion for the game," said Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.), USA U17 co-captain. "As much energy as she put in, behind the scenes and what we saw, that made us all want to go out there and give it all the we had. From day one, she made it about the 'we' and not the 'me'. She understood we were all great players on our own teams, and she helped us learn to play together."

The red, white and blue dominated the tournament statistics, leading the field in 16 of 21 team statistical categories, including points scored (758), field goal percentage (.497), 3-point field goal percentage (.408), rebounding (53.0 rpg.), assists (18.9 apg.) and blocked shots (7.4 bpg.).

In addition to Massengale, the USA roster included: Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Irvine, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S./Matthews, N.C.); Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S./Clarksville, Ten.); Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S./Clayton, Del.); Kaleena Lewis (Mater Dei H.S./Anaheim, Calif.); Jewell Loyd (Niles West H.S./Lincolnwood, Ill.); Bria Smith (Christ the King H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Breanna Stewart (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./North Syracuse, N.Y.); Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S./Bolingbrook, Ill.); and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.).

Nelson was assisted by Mike Armstrong of Perry Meridian H.S. (Ind.), and Dorena Bingham of Team Alaska AAU.

Prior to the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, Nelson led the USA to a 2-1 tally and a tournament title in an exhibition round-robin tournament held July 9-11 in Alagon, Spain. In claiming the title, the USA recorded a 93-47 win over Canada, a 64-58 loss to Australia and a 61-50 victory over host Spain.

Nelson, who has been coaching basketball since 1986, undertook her second USA coaching assignment in 2010, having also led the USA to a gold medal and a qualifying berth for the 2010 U17 World Championship at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women in Mexico City.

Overall at Wingate University (2007-08 to present), Nelson has led the Bulldogs to a 62-34 record as of Dec. 14 (.646 winning percentage). She finished the 2009-10 season with a 14-14 record, and two of her players earned all-conference honors.

Prior to joining Wingate, Nelson spent 21 seasons (1986-87 through 2006-07) as the head coach at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., where she compiled a 437-176 overall record (.713 winning percentage) and compiled seven North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships and nine conference titles.

Don Showalter

Showalter turned in an impressive coaching performance in 2010. Leading the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men, the USA topped its opponents by an incredible 34.9 points per game while recording an eye-popping average of 107.5 points per contest.

"Coach Showalter was really vocal, and he really pushed us in all of our practices and our games," said Brad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S./St. Louis, Mo.), USA team member and MVP of the FIBA U17 World Championship. "He wanted the best for us on and off the court, and he really challenged us every day we hit the floor. Having his leadership and dedication to being the best really made us want to push ourselves."

Among the 12 team field, the Americans ranked first in 14 of 21 team statistical categories, including points scored (860), points per game, scoring margin, field goal percentage (.512), 3-point field goal percentage (.350), rebounding (50.8 rpg.), assists (18.4 apg.), blocked shots (7.2 bpg.) and steals (16.4 spg.).

In addition to Beal, the team included: Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md./Montross, Va.); Quinn Cook (DeMatha H.S./Bowie, Md.); Andre' Drummond (St. Thomas More School/Middletown, Conn.); Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick H.S./Somerdale, N.J.); James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S./Norfolk, Va.); Johnny O'Bryant (Eastside H.S./Cleveland, Miss.); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S./Lithonia, Ga.); Chasson Randle (Rock Island H.S./Rock Island, Ill.); Marquis Teague (Pike H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); Adonis Thomas (Melrose H.S./Cordova, Tenn.); and Anthony Wroten, Jr. (Garfield H.S./Seattle, Wash.).

Showalter was assisted by Herman Harried of Lake Clifton H.S. (Md.) and Kevin Sutton of Montverde Academy (Fla.).

Prior to the 2010 Worlds, Showalter and the USA wrapped up a 1-1 mark in exhibition play in Kaunus, Lithuania, including a 95-82 loss to the Russian U18 National Team on June 27 and a 92-79 win over the Lithuanian U17 National Team on June 29.

Showalter and the USA earned their place in the 2010 U17 World Championship following a 5-0 record and gold medal in last summer's qualifying tournament -- the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina.

In addition to winning gold medals for the USA, Showalter has returned to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for several training camps, including a camp for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Development National Team Oct. 9-10, 2010. Showalter conducted the first ever USA DNT training camp June 6-9, 2009, as well as a mini-camp Oct. 10-11, 2009.

One of the nation's most accomplished high school coaches, Showalter completed his 36th year (1974-present) as a high school head coach in 2009-10, and through the 2009-10 season, he had compiled a 540-268 record (.668 winning percentage) overall and won 16 district titles.

The head coach at Mid-Prairie since 1984-85, he boasts of a 428-178 (.706) mark there as of Dec. 14, 2010, including five trips to the Iowa state tournament. He earned his ninth the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award in 2010 after leading Mid-Prairie to a 20-6 finish.

USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball 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 United States 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 basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls rankings.