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2021 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Co-Recipients

Cori Close and Jamie Dixon Named Co-Recipients of 2021 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award

  • Date:
    Dec 14, 2021

After each led USA U19 World Cup Teams to perfect, 7-0 records and gold medals this past summer, Cori Close (UCLA) and Jamie Dixon (TCU) will share the 2021 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award.

Under Close’s guidance, the USA women defeated opponents by an average of 47.0 points per game at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup from Aug. 7-15 in Hungary.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award Winners
2021 Cori Close, USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team & Jamie Dixon, USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team
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 Cup for Young Men Qualifying Team
2003 Jim Foster, USA World Cup for Young Women Team
2002 Marsha Sharp, USA World Cup for Young Women Team
2001 Debbie Ryan, USA Women’s World University Games Team
2000 Geno Auriemma, USA Women’s Junior World Cup Team
1999 Oliver Purnell, USA Men’s World University Games Team
1998 Jim Boeheim, USA Men’s Junior World Cup Qualifying Team
1997 Rene Portland, USA Women’s Junior World Championship Team
1996 Mike Montgomery, USA Men’s U22 World Cup Qualifying Team

“I think the biggest honor is just to be included in USA Basketball,” Close said. “To be honored as the Developmental Coach of the Year, it's something that I immediately would say thank you to Greg Callan, who managed our trip, Joni Taylor and Aaron Johnston (assistant coaches). That's something that no individual does, so I'm incredibly honored, but I really just say thank you to the people that surrounded our group, that said, 'Hey, gold medal habits were the most important thing. USA across the front of our chests is the most important thing.’ It almost makes me uncomfortable to have an individual name associated with the award, because that's not how USA Basketball is built, but I still consider it a great honor and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it."

The USA men topped teams by an average of 29.7 ppg. at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup from July 3-11 in Latvia.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the winning tradition of USA Basketball,” said Dixon, who was the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after he led the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team to a gold medal. “It’s always a goal to continue to grow and develop and be a part of great programs. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to be around great players and great coaches.”

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.

“The leadership of Cori and Jamie this past summer helped USA Basketball win gold medals in two of FIBA’s most competitive tournaments, and USA Basketball is grateful for their investment in our U19 national teams,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO. “The 2021 USA Men’s and Women’s U19 Teams each featured the tournament MVP and an all-tournament selection, and they played outstanding basketball.”

The USA women featured MVP Caitlin Clark (Iowa/West Des Moines, Iowa), who was joined on the all-tournament team by USA guard Sonia Citron (Notre Dame/Scarsdale, N.Y.); while the USA men boasted of tournament MVP Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga/Minneapolis, Minn.), who was joined on the all-tournament team by USA guard Jaden Ivey (Purdue/Mishawaka, Ind.).

Among the 16 teams in the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, the USA women led in points per game (94.9 ppg.), total points (664), field goal percentage (.489), 3-point percentage (.363), rebounds (382), rebounds per game (54.6 rpg.), blocks (47), blocks per game (6.7), assists (182) and assists per game (26.0).

The 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team also featured Lauren Betts (Grandview H.S./Centennial, Colo.), Amari DeBerry (Connecticut/Buffalo, N.Y.), Sania Feagin (South Carolina/Ellenwood, Ga.), Azzi Fudd (Connecticut/Arlington, Va.), Diamond Johnson (NC State/Philadelphia, Pa.), Te-Hina Paopao (Oregon/Oceanside, Calif.), Jewell Spear (Wake Forest/The Colony, Texas), Payton Verhulst (Louisville/De Soto, Kansas), Lauren Ware (Arizona/Bismarck, N.D.), Jersey Wolfenbarger (Arkansas/Fort Smith, Ark.) and assistant coaches Aaron Johnston (South Dakota State) and Joni Taylor (Georgia).

Among the 16 teams in the men’s FIBA U19 World Cup, the USA led in points per game (95.0 ppg.), total points (665), field goal percentage (.477), assists (177) and assists per game (25.3).

The 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team also included Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Sussex, Wis.), Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.), Jonathan Davis (Wisconsin/La Crosse, Wis.), Caleb Furst (Purdue/Fort Wayne, Ind.), Harrison Ingram (Stanford/Dallas, Texas), Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton/St. Louis, Mo.), Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Louisiana Tech/Port Arthur, Texas), Mike Miles (TCU/Highland Hills, Texas), Adam Miller (LSU/Chicago, Ill.), Peyton Watson (UCLA/Long Beach, Calif.) and assistant coaches Jerod Haase (Stanford) and James Jones (Yale).

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