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Episode 104: Don Showalter, Teaching Skills
Episode 10414th April 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Episode 104: Don Showalter, Teaching Skills

Guest: Don Showalter, USA Basketball National Director for Coach Development and 10x Gold Medalist 

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, USA Basketball National Director for Coach Development and 10x Gold Medalist Don Showalter joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss teaching skills. 

Don Showalter is a 10-time USA Basketball gold medalist head coach while serving as head coach of USA men’s U16 and U17 national teams from 2009-2018. In May 2016, he was hired as a coach director, USA Basketball youth and sport development division.

A high school coach for 42 years, Showalter’s 2018 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year recognition was his 10th-straight such honor. He owns a perfect 62-0 record at the helm of USA Basketball U16 and U17 teams since the inaugural U16 competition in 2009.

Showalter compiled a 601-346 overall record (.635 winning percentage) during his 42 seasons as a high school head coach, including 16 district titles and six state tournament appearances.

Showalter earned the 2004 National Association of Basketball Coaches Advocacy Award. In 2009, he was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as the National Coach of the Year, and he was an Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year 10 times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2016).


1:00 - FIBA Rules changed him

3:30 - Shot Clock

5:00 - Players enjoyed FIBA Rules

6:30 - Taking Control

9:00 - Enjoying the Experience

11:30 - Complacency

16:00 - Pressing Philosophy

19:30 - USA Basketball influence his philosophies

20:30 - Teaching in soundbites

26:30 - Start, Load and Challenge

30:00 - Line Pivots

32:00 - Speaking in Short Verse

35:00 - Conversation

39:00 - Sociogram and Team Surveys

44:30 - Youth Player Development

47:00 - Why he Started coaching

51:00 - Gold Standards

54:00 - The Concept of Zone

58:00 - Final Thoughts

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