Press release courtesy of USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After each led USA U17 teams to perfect 7-0 records and gold medals this past summer at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, USA women's U17 head coach Carla Berube (head coach at Tufts University) and USA men's U17 head coach Don Showalter today were named as co-recipients of the 2018 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award.
This is the second-such honor for Berube, who shared the honor with Showalter in 2017, and the 10th straight such honor for Showalter, who first earned the award in 2009.
Berube guided the 2018 USA Women's World Cup Team from July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus, where the USA beat seven-straight opponents by 40.0 points per game, including a 92-40 rout of previously undefeated France in the gold medal game.
"It's quite an honor to be recognized and honored by USA Basketball along with coach Showalter, who is just an amazing coach and has done so many good things with the men's program," Berube said. "It's been such a privilege to work with USA Basketball and coach the players I have been lucky enough to coach and work alongside such an amazing staff. It's been an incredible journey."
USA Basketball has awarded its Developmental Coach of the Year award since 1996 to a USA Basketball head coach who during the year of the award made a significant impact on the performance of an athlete or team on a level other than the senior national level in a manner consistent with the highest ethical, professional and moral standards.
"Carla and Don exhibited tremendous leadership while guiding USA U17 teams to impressive gold medal finishes this past summer," said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley. "The USA men's and women's U17 national teams played with incredible teamwork and sportsmanship, and they were fun to watch in their gold-medal performances. USA Basketball is grateful to Carla and Don for their service and dedication."
Under Berube's guidance, USA guard Jordan Horston was named MVP of the tournament, and she was joined on the all-tournament team by USA teammates Aliyah Boston and Haley Jones.
The USA women led the 16-team field in 12 statistical categories, including points per game (89.3), scoring defense (41.3), scoring margin (+40.0 ppg.), field goal percentage (.489), defensive field goal percentage (.261), rebounding (55.6), rebounding defense (29.9), rebounding margin (+25.7), blocked shots (5.9), assists (26.1), turnover margin (+7.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.81).
Prior to the U17 World Cup, Berube directed the USA squad to a 3-0 slate and U17 warm-up tournament championship from July 14-16 in Leipaja, Latvia. The U.S. team posted an average scoring margin of 51.3 points per game, while earning exhibition tournament victories over Canada, China and Latvia.
As the head coach at Tufts University since 2002-03, Berube guided Tufts into the NCAA "Final Four" in four consecutive seasons (2014-17), including two straight appearances in the national championship game. The Jumbos have a 144-16 overall record since the 2013-14 season.
Among the many outstanding coaches who have received this honor is Berube's mentor and coach at the University of Connecticut Geno Auriemma, who was recognized in 2000.