Nick LoGalbo Named USA Basketball’s 3x3 Coach of the Year
Sean Shapiro, Red Line Editorial
Dec 5, 2022
Coaching is all about preparation. In 3x3 basketball, preparation becomes even more key as coaches become more like spectators. Players make all the calls, and any coach that goes a bit far in shouting instructions could be told to quiet down by the officials.
When it comes to preparing USA Basketball’s Men’s and Women’s 3x3 U18 National Teams, NickLoGalbo has been exceptional. Because of this, LoGalbo has been recognized as USA Basketball’s 3x3 Coach of the Year.
“Competitive excellence is important as we continue to grow the 3x3 discipline in the United States, and Nick’s leadership with our Women’s 3x3 U18 National Team, and our 3x3 program more generally this year, is worthy of this honor," USA Basketball CEO JimTooley said. “I look forward to watching how Nick continues to inspire, motivate and support our USA Basketball athletes in the future.”
LoGalbo has been involved with the USA Basketball system since 2015, working events for the organization’s Youth Development Division. He has served as a coach for several USA Basketball development camps, most recently a Junior National Team minicamp in October.
His first 3x3 assignment came in 2020, but a highlight of his coaching career so far came at the 2021 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary. It was a dominant tournament for the U.S., where LoGalbo coached both the Men’s and Women’s U18 National Teams. The two teams combined for a 12-1 record, and each won gold medals.
The men went undefeated in pool play with convincing wins against Estonia, Slovenia and Latvia. They then defeated Lithuania and Belarus to reach the final, where a 21-14 victory against Estonia secured the gold medal.
The women went 3-1 in pool play, with wins against Mongolia, Slovenia and Belarus. The lone loss for the U.S. came against Russia in pool play. The women’s team came back strong and dominated Estonia, snuck past Germany and then won the gold medal with a 21-14 win against Spain.
LoGalbo and his women’s U18 team repeated their success in the 2022 3x3 World Cup in Debrecen as well. Overall, they went 7-0, easily defeating Egypt, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine in pool play. They went on to a closer game against the Netherlands, which they won 21-15 before handling Spain in the semifinals. It wasn’t very close in the final either, as the U.S. dispatched Germany 21-11.
The men’s U18 team couldn’t find the same success in 2022 and was knocked out in pool play.
LoGalbo has helped develop a number of talented players on both the men’s and women’s teams. The 17-year-old MikaylahWilliams is one of those players, the only one who played on both gold-medal women’s teams.
Williams was named MVP of the 2021 3x3 world cup, and since then has announced her commitment to Louisiana State University as the top-ranked women’s basketball recruit in the 2023 class.
When not coaching with USA Basketball, LoGalbo is the head boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, where he’s worked for over 17 years. In 2016, LoGalbo was named Coach of the Year by the Lane Tech Second Century Foundation.
LoGalbo also has made an incredible impact outside of coaching. He was awarded the 2016 “Rising Star” award by Benedictine University for his work in education and philanthropy working to combat gun violence in Chicago. LoGalbo has organized several rallies with NBA players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to raise awareness and empower Chicago youth to take a stand against gun violence.
This is LoGalbo’s first honor with USA Basketball and is one of several end-of-season awards that will be announced throughout the month.
SeanShapiro is a freelance contributor to usab.com.