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Sue Phillips And Don Showalter Repeat As USA Basketball’s 2014 Co-Developmental Coaches Of The Year

  • Date:
    Jan 8, 2015

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• VIDEO: Developmental Coach of the Year Announcement

In the wake of leading USA Basketball to perfect 7-0 records and gold medals at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships, USA head coaches Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose Cagers AAU, Calif.) and Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa) today were named as the 2014 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coaches of the Year. USA Basketball’s Board of Directors is responsible for selecting its annual award winners.

The honor is the second such recognition for Phillips, who shared the honor with Showalter in 2013 as well, and the sixth in as many years for Showalter.

“Sue and Don led USA teams to impressive gold-medal performances this past summer, but more importantly, they committed their time and effort to developing teams that played with sportsmanship and as ambassadors of the game,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “They certainly deserve to be recognized for their tremendous leadership, and we are grateful for their dedication.”

Phillips led the 2014 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team to a perfect 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship held June 28–July 6 in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

“I am humbled and extremely grateful to share coach of the year honors with coach Showalter,” Phillips said. “He is such a great teacher and motivator. I am thrilled to accept this award, and I would like to thank my assistant coaches Mary Klinger and Brian Robinson, and the entire U17 team, because without their efforts this award would not have been possible. Also, a big thanks to Carol Callan (USA Basketball women’s national team director) and the USA Basketball support staff for making this coaching endeavor an amazing experience.”            

Showalter steered the 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team to a perfect 7-0 record at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men from Aug. 8-16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

“This award is special as it involves many people that helped to make the USA Junior National Team a success,” Showalter said. “My two assistant coaches - Eric Flannery and L.J. Goolsby - are the best. Sharing this honor with Sue Phillips, who is an outstanding coach, also makes this award very special. Working with USA Basketball personnel, most notably B.J. Johnson (USA Basketball men’s assistant national team director) and, of course, the athletes who bought in to teamwork and playing unselfish basketball was rewarding. I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award for the sixth time.”

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year
Award History
2014 *Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty H.S., California
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
2013 *Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty H.S., California
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
2012 *Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S., Texas
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
2011 *Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S., Texas
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
2010 *Barbara Nelson, Wingate University
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
2009  Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S., Iowa
2008 Carol Owens, Northern Illinois University
2007  *Doug Bruno, DePaul University
& Joanne 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
*Co-recipients

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.

Under Phillips, the USA women beat its opponents by an average of 37.0 points per game, four players averaged double-digit scoring and all 12 players averaged at least 9.0 minutes per game of playing time.

“Coach Phillips is a good coach because she pushes you to be the best you can possibly be and never gives up on you as a player,” said Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif..), who was named to the five-member All-FIBA U17 World Championship Team. “She wants you to reach your full potential, and she will do whatever she can to help you get there. She is one of the best coaches I have gotten to play for and I am very grateful.”

Phillips also guided the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where the first-place finish qualified the USA for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Including exhibition play, Phillips is 16-4 all time as a USA Basketball head coach and 14-1 over the past two summers as head of the 2013 U16 and 2014 U17 teams.

The USA’s Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill H.S./Cedar Hill, Texas) joined Samuelson on the All-FIBA U17 World Championship Team.

Among the 16-team tournament, the USA led the field in 11 different categories, including scoring offense (82.9), scoring margin (+37.0), free throw percentage (.739), field goal percentage (.431), field goal percentage defense (.266), rebounding defense (35.4), rebounding margin (+17.3), blocked shots (6.7), turnover margin (+6.0), offensive rebounds (18.6) and offensive rebounds percentage (.453); and tied for the lead in scoring defense (45.9).

The U.S. team produced tournament single-game highs for margin of victory (+56.0 vs. Mali on 7/1), field goal attempts (85 vs. Hungary on 7/5) and blocked shots (10 vs. Spain on 7/6); and tied for single-game tournament highs for rebounds (61 vs. Mali on 7/1).

The squad set three USA competition records, including 3-point makes (5.9) and attempts (17.6) and highest free-throw percentage (.740); and a single-game record for 3-point attempts (23 vs. China on 6/28); as well as tied the single-game high for 3-point makes (10 vs. Mexico on July 2).

Phillips also led the USA to a 2-1 exhibition record in Nogent Sur Seine, France, with wins over China (89-49 on 6/20) and Canada (80-45 on 6/21) and a loss to host France (78-72 on 6/22).

In her 21st season as head coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in 2013-14, Phillips led her team to a 20-12 record and the California Division II state championship game. Phillips and her team are 8-2 so far in 2014-15 (as of Jan. 5, 2015).

Under Showalter, the USA men beat opponents by 38.1 points per game and captured a third-straight FIBA U17 World Championship title.

“Coach Showalter was a great coach,” said Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Ridgeland, Miss.), who was named MVP of the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. “He only expected great things from you on and off the court, and he pushed you to get out of your comfort zone and get better.”

Showalter, who has headed the USA men’s U16 and U17 national teams since their inception in 2009, now owns an overall 23-0 win-loss record in FIBA U17 World Championship games after also piloting the 2010 and 2012 USA U17 teams to gold.

U.S. forward Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) joined Newman on the all-tournament team.

Led by five players who averaged double-digit scoring, the USA led the 16-team tournament in scoring offense (104.1), scoring margin (+38.1), field goal percentage (.515), rebounding offense (56.9), rebounding margin (+22.6), blocked shots (7.1), assists (15.6), steals (13.0), offensive rebounds (21.2) and defensive rebounds (35.6).

The U.S. team produced tournament single-game highs for field goal percentage (.663 vs. Japan on 8/12) and steals (22 vs. Angola on 8/9), and tied for tournament single-game highs for blocked shots (11 vs. China on 8/14) and field goals made (55 vs. Japan on 8/12).

The squad set three USA competition records, including field goal percentage (.515), free throw percentage (.671) and rebounds averaged (56.9); and four U.S. U17 single-game records, including field goals made (55 vs. Japan on 8/12), field goal percentage (.663 vs. Japan on 8/12), free throws made (24 vs. Serbia on 8/15) and rebounds (66 vs. Philippines on 8/11); as well as tying the U.S. single-game high for free throws attempted (34 vs. Serbia on 8/15).

Showalter completed his 40th year as a high school head coach in 2013-14 and his second season rebuilding the program at Iowa City High School. So far in 2014-15, his team is off to a 3-3 start (as of Jan. 4, 2015).


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