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Don Showalter Earns Unprecedented Eighth USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award

  • Date:
    Dec 19, 2016


After leading USA Basketball to a fourth-straight FIBA U17 World Championship for Men gold medal, Don Showalter was tabbed as the 2016 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year. This is the eighth-straight such award for Showalter.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award History


Don Showalter, USA Basketball


Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., IA


*Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty H.S., CA
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., Iowa


*Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty H.S., CA
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., IA


*Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S., TX
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., IA


*Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S., TX
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., IA


*Barbara Nelson, Wingate University
& Don Showalter, Iowa City H.S., IA


Don Showalter, Mid-Prairie H.S., IA


Carol Owens, Northern Illinois University


*Doug Bruno, DePaul University
& Joanne McCallie, Duke University


*Doug Bruno, DePaul University
& Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington


*Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University
& Jay Wright, Villanova University


Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma


Jim Foster, Ohio State University


Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University


Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia


Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut


Oliver Purnell, University of Dayton


Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University


Rene Portland, Penn State University


Mike Montgomery, Stanford University


“I am humbled and honored to receive the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award,” Showalter said. “Receiving this award for the eighth-straight year is a result of having great players and an outstanding staff, namely Miles Simon and Mike Jones, who bought into our culture for USA Basketball. Being a part of the success and receiving this award from the great organization of USA Basketball has been a highlight of my coaching career.”

At the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, Showalter led the USA men to a perfect, 7-0 record and a gold medal from June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain. 

Since 2009, Showalter has led USA U16 and U17 national teams to eight-straight gold medals and an incredible 50-0 record.

“Don’s tremendous ability to lead teams with high character is obvious in the spectacular results he has produced,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We are incredibly fortunate to have had him at the helm of our U16 and U17 national teams since 2009. In 2016, he once again guided a USA Basketball team that not only played impressive basketball, but also exemplified teamwork and sportsmanship. We are proud to recognize his efforts and grateful for his dedication.”

2017 marks the 21st year 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.

Under Showalter, the USA defeated its seven opponents by an average of 44.6 points per game in 2016. Seven U.S. players averaged double-digit scoring, and all 12 players averaged at least 11 minutes per game.

USA guard Collin Sexton was named MVP of the 2017 FIBA U17 World Championship, and forward Wendell Carter Jr. joined him on the five-member all-tournament team. Showalter was assisted by Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.) and Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU).

“What made him a great coach is that he wanted us to compete hard in practice, which made practices almost better than our games,” Sexton said. “He wanted us to be prepared for any situation. He wanted us to win. What also made him great was that he put us in situations in games where we could either score the ball or pass to teammates. He made us a better team.”

The USA led the 16-team tournament in points (743), points per game (106.1), scoring defense (61.6 ppg.), field goal percentage (.494), field goal percentage defense (.335), rebounds (403), rebounds per game (57.6), assists (128), assists per game (18.3), steals (103) and steals per game (14.7).

The USA recorded tournament highs for points with 133 against South Korea on June 30, field goals made with 54 against South Korea on June 30, field goal percentage by shooting 62.8 against South Korea on June 30 and free throws made with 28 against Argentina on June 28.

As a team, the USA set USA men’s U17 competition records for free throws made (137) and attempted (209) and rebounds averaged (57.6).

The U.S. squad set USA U17 single-game records for points (133 against South Korea on June 30), for free throws made (28 versus Argentina on June 28) and for free throws attempted (40 against Lithuania on July 1), and the team tied the record for rebounds (66 against Argentina on June 28).

Showalter also led the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp, which saw 54 players take part Oct. 8-9 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Showalter completed his 42nd and final season as a high school head coach in 2015-16 and 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.

He joined the USA Basketball Youth Division in May 2016 as the Director of Coach Development.

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