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Don Showalter

Don Showalter Earns Unprecedented Seventh-Straight USA Basketball Developmental Coach Of The Year Award

  • Date:
    Dec 15, 2015

• Video: 2015 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year

After leading the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team to a perfect, 5-0 record and gold medal this past summer, Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa) today was named the 2015 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.

This is a record seventh-straight such honor for Showalter, who has earned at least a share of the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award every year since 2009. During that time, he is 43-0 as a USA Basketball head coach and has captured four FIBA Americas U16 gold medals and three FIBA U17 World Championship gold medals.

“It is hard to put into words how grateful we are to Don Showalter, not only for the tremendous dedication and sacrifice he has shown with his own time, but also for the incredible teams he has helped to build,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “Our U16 and U17 teams have been dominant on the court, and they have played with tremendous sportsmanship and teamwork. Each of these players under Don have become better athletes and better people, and we are proud to recognize his leadership.”

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award History
2015 Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa
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
This year marks the 20th time USA Basketball has presented its Development Coach of the Year award, which 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.

“This Coach of the Year award from USA Basketball is a direct result of working with great players and assistant coaches - Miles Simon and Sharman White,” Showalter said. “I am honored to receive this award and realize how fortunate I have been to be a part of USA Basketball and the success of the Developmental National Team this past year. I am honored to work with BJ Johnson and Sean Ford, along with USA Basketball staff to develop the Developmental National Team.

“It is more special each time. The competition has improved each year, and the USA team is receiving everyone’s’ best game. We have to prepare better each year and to develop a great culture to continue to win gold medals. So, receiving this award for the seventh time is the cumulation of hard work by the players, coaching staff and USA Basketball staff.”

Showalter led the 2015 USA U16 men to a first-place finish in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 10-14 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, and in doing so qualified the United States for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be played in Spain. Under his guidance, the USA beat its five opponents by an average of 43.0 points per game.

Among the eight teams in the tournament, the USA led the field in points per game (107.8), scoring margin (+43.0), field goal percentage (.460), 3-point percentage (.345), blocked shots (6.2 bpg.), assists (15.2 apg.), steals (17.8 spg.), assist-to-turnover ratio (.78) and 3-point field goals made (40).

The USA also set USA men’s U16 team competition records for field goals attempted (448), free throw percentage (.635) and steals (89); as well as team, single-game records for free throw percentage (.789), 3-pointers attempted (44) and steals (25).

U.S. guard Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) was named MVP of the tournament, while four players averaged double-digit scoring.

“Just having the opportunity to play for coach Showalter – he motivated me as a player, and he always believed in me and always gave me a assurance,” said Trent Jr. “When he talks, when he tells us to go through a play, or anything he says to us, he really makes you feel like you can do it in a better way. I don’t know what it is, but when he says something, it really motivates you to give it all you have.

“As a team, he gave us little pointers here and there about how to be good basketball players. He’s great at what he does, and I’m blessed for the chance to have played for him. Like me, I’m sure the other guys are glad and thankful to have had the opportunity to be coached by him.”

Showalter also led the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp, which saw 51 players take part Oct. 3-4 in Colorado Springs.

He is in the midst of his 42nd year as a high school head coach in 2015-16 and his fourth season at Iowa City High School.

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