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Billy Donovan and Katie Meier

Billy Donovan, Katie Meier Share 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award

  • Date:
    Jan 27, 2014

Collegiate head coaches Billy Donovan (University of Florida) and Katie Meier (University of Miami) today were announced co-recipients of the 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award after each led the USA to a gold medal and perfect, 9-0 record at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

“This was such a special event, and I’m very thankful to USA Basketball for the opportunity to coach this team and appreciative of this honor,” Donovan said. “I thought the people in the Czech Republic did a great job hosting the World Championship. Prague was a great city. Going through that whole process and the finality of being able to win it … I didn’t realize it, but Sean Ford from USA Basketball told me that was only the third time in 30 years that the USA has won the gold in that event. So, it’s been an area where I think our country has struggled, probably for a lot of reasons, but I thought the USA did a really great job of fielding a good team and providing a lot of options to put together a great team.”

“First of all, I don't think anyone who coaches for USA Basketball should ever receive an individual award,” Meier said. “USA Basketball is such a great organization and Carol Callan and her staff are so knowledgeable and supportive that I personally just felt blessed to be a part of it all. I’m truly honored and do consider this as the highest of awards. Thanks to USA Basketball for letting me share in their gold medal streak.”

The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual awards.

“Billy and Katie provided tremendous leadership for our U19 teams, and the results they achieved in a competition that is so challenging were impressive,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “Not only did the U.S. teams win, but they played with passion and demonstrated great sportsmanship, and that is a credit to these two respected coaches.”

USA Basketball National Coach of the Year
2013 Billy Donovan, University of Florida 
& Katie Meier, University of Miami
2012 Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut 
& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2011 Jennifer  Rizzotti, University of Hartford
2010 Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut 
& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2009 Jamie Dixon, University of Pittsburgh
2008 Anne Donovan, USA Basketball 
& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2007 Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm 
& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2006 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2005 Gail Goestenkors, Duke University
2004 Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
2003 Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons
2002 Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
2001 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
2000 Nell Fortner, USA Basketball
1999 Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
1998 Clem Haskins, University of Minnesota
1997 Mo McHone, Sioux Falls Skyforce
1996 Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University

The National 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 highest level of competition.

Previous winners include: Geno Auriemma (2010, 2012), Jim Boeheim (2001), Larry Brown (1999, 2003), Van Chancellor (2002, 2004), Jamie Dixon (2009), Anne Donovan (2007, 2008), Nell Fortner (2000), Gail Goestenkors (2005), Clem Haskins (1998), Mike Krzyzewski (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), Mo McHone (1997), Jennifer Rizzotti (2011) and Tara VanDerveer (1996).

Billy Donovan
Under Donovan’s leadership, the USA won just its third title in the past eight FIBA U19 World Championships, beating its opponents by an average margin of 39.6 points per game.

 “Billy Donovan and Sean Miller have a lot of similar qualities,” said University of Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif.), who was named MVP of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. “Being able to play for Coach Donovan and seeing his level of intensity gave me better insight into what Division I basketball would be like.”

The USA’s slimmest margin of victory during the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, which was played June 27-July 7, was a nine-point (71-62) win against Serbia on July 3. In a rematch with Serbia in the gold-medal game, the USA dominated the second half to earn an 82-68 win.

The USA relied on full-court defensive pressure that forced opponents into 22.0 turnovers per game, and U.S. forward Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.) joined Gordon on the five-member 
all-tournament team.

Among the 16-team field, the USA led the tournament in 12 different categories, including scoring (95.9 ppg.), scoring defense (56.3 ppg.), scoring margin (+39.6), field goal percentage (.518), field goal percentage defense (.353), rebounds averaged (48.8), rebound defense (29.2), rebounding margin (+19.6), steals (122) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).

The U.S. team also produced tournament single-game highs for points (115) and field goals made (46) versus Russia on June 29; field goal percentage (.595) against Lithuania on July 3; and steals (23) and turnovers forced (32) versus China on June 28.

The 2013 squad set five U.S. men’s U19 competition records in an event that dates back to 1979. This past summer’s team set highs for points (863), rebounds (439), field goals made (355), field goals attempted (685) and rebounds averaged (48.8).

In 2012, Donovan led the U.S. men to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which qualified the USA for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship.

At the University of Florida, Donovan and his 2013-14 team are off to an 11-2 start as of Jan. 7, 2014.

Katie Meier
Under the direction of Meier, the USA topped its opponents by an average of 43.0 points per game during the July 18-27 U19 championship in Lithuania, and she also led the USA to the Lanzarote International Invitational Tournament title with exhibition wins over Australia, Spain and Canada in the Canary Islands prior to the FIBA U19 World Championship.

“Playing for Coach Meier the last two summers with USA Basketball was awesome,” said Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut/North Syracuse, N.Y.), who was MVP of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship and the 2013 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. “I think the fact that we had such a great group of coaches on staff from big schools made it more of a college atmosphere on the team. Coach Meier is a great competitor. She is fun to play for but, at the same time, she is going to get as much as she can out of you. I had a great time with her for both summers.”

At the 2013 U19 World Championship, the USA set or tied for six single-game highs, including points (113) and blocked shots (eight) versus Lithuania on July 18; field goals made (46), field goals attempted (101) and rebounds (70) against Japan on July 26; and steals (24) against the Netherlands on July 22.

Among all 16 teams at the tournament, the USA ranked first in 16 of 19 statistical categories, including scoring (91.6 ppg.), assists (191), steals (142), field goal percentage (.463), rebounding margin (+19.9), blocked shots (52) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49).

The 2013 team set five records in the USA women’s U19 competition book, which dates back to 1985, including most field goals made (712), highest free throw percentage (.763), most assists (191), most steals (142) and tied for most blocked shots (52).

In U.S. women’s U19 single-game records, the team set highs for rebounds (70) and field goals attempted (101) against Japan on July 26, and a record for steals (24) against the Netherlands on July 22.

In 2012, Meier led the U.S. women to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which qualified the USA for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship.

At the University of Miami, Meier and her 2013-14 team are off to a 9-5 start as of Jan. 8, 2014.

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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