IOWA CITY — Don Showalter has resigned as Iowa City High boys’ basketball coach to take a position with USA Basketball.
Showalter will be Director of Coach Development for the country’s organizing body. He has been USA Basketball’s Coach of the Year seven times for his work with the Under-16 and Under-17 programs.
Showalter coached at the prep level for 42 seasons, including the past four at City High. He went over the 600-win plateau this past season, leading the Little Hawks to a co-championship in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division and a spot in the Class 4A substate finals.
“After 42 years of high school coaching, this year proved to be a special year,” Showalter said in an e-mail. “Co-champs of the Mississippi Division of the MVC was special, as was getting my 600th career win and voted as the Mississippi Valley Coach of the Year in the MVC. The players were great to coach, and we accomplished a great deal.”
Showalter and his wife, Vicky, will move to Colorado Springs, Colo., headquarters of USA Basketball. He said his duties will “involve organizing coaching academies and youth basketball camps.”
“Coach Showalter has led our basketball program for the past four years and has been a man of high character and a true professional in every sense of the word,” City High Activities Director Terry Coleman said. “He has instilled a sense of community service by supporting the Ronald McDonald House and the Johnson County food pantry. He has overseen a robust increase in the number of kids participating in our youth program.
"This past season, Coach Showalter reaped the rewards of his hard work the past four years as he was selected as the MVC Coach of the Year and our team won its first MVC title since 2008. We thank Coach Showalter for his work with our young men over these past four years and wish him well in his new role with USA Basketball.
Coleman said City High will immediately begin a search for a replacement.
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