Don Showalter has spent the past couple of months leading the City High boys to a 3-4 start to the season.
On Thursday, Showalter was awarded for how he spent his summer.
USA Basketball named Showalter its 2014 co-developmental coach of the year for his efforts leading the United States’ Men’s U17 World Championship Team.
It was the sixth consecutive year Showalter has earned the award and the second straight year he shared the honor with Archbishop Mitty (Calif) High School coach Sue Phillips.
“This award is special as it involves many people that helped to make the USA Junior National Team a success,” Showalter said in a release. “My two assistant coaches – Eric Flannery and L.J. Goolsby – are the best. Sharing this honor with Sue Phillips, who is an outstanding coach, also makes this award very special. Working with USA Basketball personnel, most notably B.J. Johnson (USA Basketball men’s assistant national team director) and, of course, the athletes who bought in to teamwork and playing unselfish basketball was rewarding. I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award for the sixth time.”
Showalter led the USA Men’s U17 team to a 7-0 record at the FIBA World Championships in Dubai United Arab Emirates in August.
The team defeated opponents by an average of 38.1 points while claiming its third-straight FIBA U17 title.
Showalter has headed the USA U16 and U17 teams since their inception in 2009 and is 23-0 overall in FIBA U17 World Championship competition.
He also won gold in 2010 and 2012.
Phillips also led the women’s U17 team to a 7-0 record and FIBA World Championship.
“Sue and Don led USA teams to impressive gold-medal performances this past summer, but more importantly, they committed their time and effort to developing teams that played with sportsmanship and as ambassadors of the game,” USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley said. “They certainly deserve to be recognized for their tremendous leadership, and we are grateful for their dedication.”
Showalter is in his 40th season as a high school coaching after spending time at Mid-Prairie before taking over the head coaching duties at City High. He has 584 career wins as a high school coach.
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