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Don Showalter: Coach Director, Youth & Sport Development

Taking on head coaching responsibilities of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team in 2009, all that Don Showalter did was lead USA U16 and U17 national teams from 2009-2017 to 10 concecutive FIBA and FIBA Americas championships and a spectacular 62-0 win-loss record. 

In the process and his remarkable gold medal, undefeated run, Showalter was named outright or shared USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year honors 10 straight years, 2009-2018. Further, he was selected the U.S. Olympic Committee 2012 Volunteer Coach of the Year.

In May 2016, he was hired as coach director, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development division.

In addition to his U16 and U17 coaching duties, he has served as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team October minicamp 11 straight years.  

In his final coaching stint with USA Basketball, Showalter led the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 National Team to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. His USA squad averaged a U17 World Cup high 107.0 points per game, and the team's average margin of victory in its seven wins was 53.7 points a game.

Named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Men’s College Basketball in 2020 by Silver Waves Media, Showalter has coached more than 50 NBA players during his time at the helm of the USA Junior National Teams

Showalter also served as the USA head coach in the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit and for the North Team in the 1998 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival. He was the coordinator for a youth clinic hosted by USA Basketball in New York in 2004, and he served as chair of the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee (now the Developmental National Team Committee) from 2001-08.

A high school coach for 42 years, Showalter compiled a 601-346 overall record (.635 winning percentage), and led teams to 16 district titles and six state tournament appearances.

In 2015-16, his fourth and final year at Iowa City High School, his team finished 13-10, was a co-champion of the Mississippi Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference, and Showalter was named the 2016 Mississippi Valley Division Coach of the Year in the MVC.

While at Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) from 1984-85 to 2011-12, Showalter tallied a 446-202 (.688) record, and in eight seasons (1976-84) as the head coach at Central Elkader High School (Iowa), he totaled a 108-63 (.632) record.

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. In 2009, he was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as the National Coach of the Year, and he was an Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year 10 times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2016).

Showalter was selected to coach in the 1999 McDonald’s High School All-America Game and the 2005 and 2012 Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Games. He has been a coach at the Nike Skills Academy and LeBron Academy and has also spoken at basketball clinics around the world, including in Australia, Belgium, Dubai, Egypt, England, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Spain (Canary Islands) and Switzerland.

He was a member of the McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee.

Showalter and his wife Vicky have two children and four grandchildren.




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