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Sharman White, who will be a court coach at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp, previously was a gold-medal winning assistant coach for USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and he has been a coach at the 2014 and 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamps.
Additionally, he was named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team, but was not able to do so after being hired as an assistant coach at Georgia State University in April 2016.
In May 2018, he took a position as the associate director of athletics at Pace Academy in Georgia.
In two seasons as a Georgia State assistant coach (2016-17 to 2017-18), White helped the team to an 44-24 record (.647 winning percentage), including a 24-11 campaign and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017-18.
Prior to Georgia State, White was a high school coach for 20 seasons (1996-97 through 2015-16), and he owns a career high school head coaching record of 373-91 (.804 winning percentage).
Eleven of those seasons (2005-06 to 2015-16) were as the head boys basketball coach and athletic director at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia. At the helm of the Miller Grove, White went 268-60 record (.817), including six-straight state championships.
“It is always a tremendous honor and pleasure to be able to serve as part of the USA Basketball Staff,” White said. “The culture that is USA Basketball is one that is synonymous with excellence and continues to be the standard for the game globally. Being able to serve as a court coach gives me an opportunity to assist in the process of preparing the next great group of players for a successful mission at the U17 Championships.
“During training camp, I look forward to contributing to the intense training and development of the players participating as well as give insight as needed to coach Don Showalter and staff as the final team is selected,” White added. “Having previously been a part of this process will allow me to be able to provide assistance in various areas of this experience.”
The 2014 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year, White guided Miller Grove to the 2009-2012 Georgia Class 4A titles and the 2013 and 2014 Georgia Class 5A championships.
His final season at Miller Grove in 2015-16 was one of his most impressive, as his team finished 31-3 and earning a bid to the Dick’s National’s tournament, and he was named the 2016 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
White’s 2014-15 squad captured the 2015 regional championship and finished the year 27-4 record.
White also advanced Miller Grove to seven state semifinals and won seven regional titles (2008-10, 2012-15). He was recognized by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club and Georgia Sports Writers Association as the 2013 Georgia Coach of the Year, as the 2013 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class 5A Coach of the Year, the Georgia Class 4A Coach of the Year three times (2010-12) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Class 4A Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Prior to arriving at Miller Grove, White coached at Carver High School in Georgia. In his final season at Carver, he was named the 2004 Georgia Class 5AA Coach of the Year after leading his team to a regional title and the state championship game.
White earned a degree from Georgia Southern University in 1995 and a master’s degree from Coppin State in 2003. He is married to the former Jemeka Price and has two children.
Comprised of a mix of returning veterans, with a combined 23 Olympic and World Cup gold medals and an overall 669-39 (.945) winning record in USA Basketball games played, the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team was finalized ahead of the Sept. 22-30 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought, unofficial 70-60 scrimmage win over Australia on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, Canary Islands.