"I really like how it had key points to share with us and was easy to relate to."

- Nolan Ryan

"I enjoyed how he incorporated the "Gold Standards" into the presentation."

- Connor Imel

Developing the Proper Culture Within the Team

Don Showalter

Coach Director, Youth Division
National Team U16-U17 Head Coach
USA Basketball

About Coach Showalter:

Ten-time USA Basketball gold medalist head coach Don Showalter, who was hired by the USA Basketball Youth Division as the Director of Coach Development in May 2016, was announced as the head coach of the 2017 USA Men's U16 National Team on March 2, 2017.

A high school coach for 42 years and a nine-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award winner, Showalter owns a perfect 63-0 record at the helm of USA Basketball U16 and U17 teams.  Further, Showalter was the U.S. Olympic Committee 2012 Volunteer Coach of the Year. In addition to winning gold medals for the USA, Showalter has returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for eight fall training camps to help prepare the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team for future competitions.


Showalter was the USA head coach in the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit and for the North Team in the 1998 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival. He was the coordinator for a youth clinic hosted by USA Basketball in New York in 2004, and he served as chair of the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee (now the Developmental National Team Committee) from 2001-08.

Showalter compiled a 601-346 overall record (.635 winning percentage) during his 42 seasons as a high school head, including 16 district titles and six state tournament appearances.  In 2015-16, his fourth and final 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.  While at Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) from 1984-85 to 2011-12, Showalter tallied a 446-202 (.688) record, and in eight seasons (1976-84) as the head coach at Central Elkader High School (Iowa), he totaled a 108-63 (.632) record.


Showalter has been recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication to the game. In 2004 he earned the NABC Advocacy Award. In 2009 Showalter was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as its National, Regional and State Coach of the Year after having been named the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year ten times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006-2008, 2010, and 2016).

In addition to his high school coaching duties, Showalter was selected to coach in the 1999 McDonald’s High School All-America Game and the 2005 and 2012 Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Games. He has been a coach at the Nike Skills Academy and LeBron Academy and has also spoken at basketball clinics around the world, including in Australia, Belgium, Dubai, Egypt, England, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Spain (Canary Islands) and Switzerland.

He was a member of the McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee.


Showalter splits his time between Colorado Springs and Iowa City with his wife Vicky, with whom he has two children and five grandchildren.


Photo Courtesy of Garrett Ellwood/ Bio Courtesy of USA Basketball

Three Keys to Developing as a Coach

  1. Bring enthusiasm and passion everday to your coaching profession

  2. Important to find a great mentor – someone you can lean on for advice

  3. Have high standards – not rules – for your team and yourself

"Do a great job where you are presently at in the coaching profession and people will notice.  Opportunities will come your way.  Keep learning."

- Don Showalter