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Mark Campbell and Mike Jones

Mark Campbell and Mike Jones Share USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award

  • Date:
    Dec 5, 2019

In recognition of their tremendous leadership and success while at the helm of gold-medal winning USA U16 national teams this past summer, USA Basketball today announced that Mark Campbell (Union University) and Mike Jones (DeMatha Catholic H.S., Md.) are co-recipients of the 2019 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.

Campbell led the USA Women’s U16 National Team to a dominant showing and perfect 6-0 record in winning the gold medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile.

“Just being a part of USA Basketball this summer and being able to experience the culture and the weight of being a representative was one of the more enjoyable moments of coaching for me,” Campbell said. “And so, I think it really points to how talented our group was and how much I enjoyed being around them, and then my assistant coaches as well. Just being a part of it all has been a real honor.”

Jones led the USA Men’s U16 National Team to an undefeated, 6-0 record and a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 3-9 in Belém, Brazil.

“It is truly an honor and a blessing that means so much to me and my family,” Jones said. “I share this with Coach (Sharman) White and Coach (Eric) Flannery, as well as the young men that did such a tremendous job of representing our country in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Together, we accomplished our goal and this award will always be a reminder of that.”

By virtue of top-four finishes, both the USA men and women qualified for next summer’s 2020 FIBA U17 World Cups.

USA Basketball has awarded its Developmental Coach of the Year award since 1996 to a USA Basketball head coach who during the year of the award made a significant impact on the performance of an athlete or team on a level other than the senior national level in a manner consistent with the highest ethical, professional and moral standards.

“Both Mark Campbell and Mike Jones were exceptional in building true teams in a short amount of time and then also leading those teams to gold medals,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognize their service and their success.”

Under Campbell’s guidance, the USA U16 women beat six-straight opponents by 70.5 points per game to capture the championship, including topping Canada 87-37 in the gold medal game.

USA guard Payton Verhulst was named tournament MVP, while Lauren Betts and Sonia Citron joined her on the all-tournament team.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year
Award Winners

2019

Mark Campbell, USA Women’s U16 National Team &
Mike Jones, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2018

Carla Berube, USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team

2017

Carla Berube, USA Women’s U16 National Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2016

Don Showalter, USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team

2015

Don Showalter, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2014

Sue Phillips, USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team

2013

Sue Phillips, USA Women’s U16 National Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2012

Jill Rankin Schneider, USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team

2011

Jill Rankin Schneider, USA Women’s U16 National Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2010

Barbara Nelson, USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team &
Don Showalter, USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team

2009

Don Showalter, USA Men’s U16 National Team

2008

Carol Owens, USA Women’s U18 National Team

2007

Doug Bruno, USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team &
Joanne McCallie, USA Women’s U21 World Cup Team

2006

Doug Bruno, USA Women’s U18 National Team &
Lorenzo Romar, USA Men’s U18 National Team

2005

Kathy Delany-Smith, USA Women’s World University Games Team &
Jay Wright, USA Men’s World University Games Team

2004

Kelvin Sampson, USA World Championship for Young Men
Qualifying Team

2003

Jim Foster, USA World Championship for Young Women Team

2002

Marsha Sharp, USA World Championship for Young Women Team

2001

Debbie Ryan, USA Women’s World University Games Team

2000

Geno Auriemma, USA Women’s Junior World Championship Team

1999

Oliver Purnell, USA Men’s World University Games Team

1998

Jim Boeheim, USA Men’s Junior World Championship Qualifying Team

1997

Rene Portland, USA Women’s Junior World Championship Team

1996 Mike Montgomery, USA Men’s U22 World Championship
Qualifying Team

“Coach Campbell always found a way to make each and every one of the people on the team and on the staff, the best they could be,” Verhulst said. “I knew if I was having a bad practice, he would still get the best effort out of me. He was one of the most reliable coaches I have ever played for, and I know the rest of the team felt that way as well. I believe the biggest challenge for our team was being away from our family and friends. Coach Campbell gave us the opportunity to make these strangers, who we just met a few weeks before, our family. That is why I believe my experience with USA was so exceptional.”

The USA ranked No. 1 in the eight team tournament in points per game (103.0), scoring margin (70.5), field goal percentage (.492), 3-point percentage (.336), free throw percentage (.677), rebounding margin (+33.7), blocks per game (8.7), assists per game (26.5) and steals per game (18.8).

Currently coaching in his 21st seasons at Union University, Campbell in 2018-19 led his team to a 27-4 record and a fourth trip to the NCAA DII National Tournament.

With Jones at the helm, the USA U16 men beat six straight opponents by 38.2 points per game, including a 94-77 rout of Canada in the gold medal game.

USA guard Chris Livingston was named tournament MVP, and USA forward Jalen Duren joined him on the all-tournament team.

“His tough coaching – he gets you through the hard times by coaching you hard,” Livingston said of what made Jones a great coach. “And, he knows how to talk to his players and get them through mental breaks during the game. He got us riled up, and he got us to make smart decisions during the course of the game. His leadership skills are the best in my opinion.”

The USA ranked No. 1 in the eight team field in: points per game (99.2), scoring margin (+38.2), free throw percentage (.736), 3-point percentage (.333), rebounding margin (+19.3), blocks per game (7.3), assists per game (24.0) and steals per game (13.3).

Jones also served as a court coach at the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team July and October minicamps.

As the head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, for the past 17 years, Jones in 2018-19 led his team to a 33-5 record, a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season title, the Maryland Private School state title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.

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