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Don Showalter Hired As USA Basketball Youth Division Director of Coach Development

  • Date:
    May 2, 2016

A high school coach for 42 years and a seven-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award winner, Don Showalter will join the USA Basketball Youth Division as the Director of Coach Development. He will begin his new position on May 2, 2016.

"USA Basketball has been fortunate to have Don as a valuable part of our junior national team programs for many years, and he has done an incredible job, not only in winning gold medals but also in building teams that play with tremendous teamwork and outstanding sportsmanship,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We are very excited for him to join our staff, and we look forward to him helping to share his knowledge with youth coaches throughout the country.”

Showalter will assist in all aspects of USA Basketball’s Youth Development coach education and training programs, including USA Basketball coach academies, regional skills development camps and youth clinics.

A seven-time gold medalist at the helm of the USA Basketball Men’s U16 and U17 national teams, Showalter will lead the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team that will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship June 22-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain. He has compiled a 43-0 record at the helm of USA Basketball U16 and U17 national teams since 2009 and has returned each October to direct training camps for the USA Men’s Junior National Team at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Showalter compiled a 601-346 overall record (.635 winning percentage) during his 42 seasons as a high school head, including 16 district titles and six state tournament appearances.

In 2015-16, his fourth 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.

Selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee 2012 Volunteer Coach of the Year, Showalter earned the 2004 National Association of Basketball Coaches 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).

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