Court Coaches Chosen For Men's U18 National Team Training Camp
Colorado Springs ē May 31, 2012
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Collegiate head coaches Dannton Jackson from Xavier University of Louisiana, Frank Martin from the University of South Carolina, Jay Price from Chattanooga State Community College (Tenn.) and John Thompson from North Carolina Wesleyan College have been selected to serve as court coaches for the 2012 USA Basketball Menís U18 National Team training camp to be held June 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Menís Junior National Team Committee.
The four court coaches will assist the 2012 USA Basketball Menís U18 National Team coaching staff and the 24 players who will attend the training camp. The camp will be used to determine the 12-member roster that will represent the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Two-time NCAA national champion Billy Donovan from the University of Florida will serve as head coach for the U18 team, with assistant coaches Mark Few from Gonzaga University and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth University. All three members of the coaching staff have previously served as court coaches for USA Basketball training camps or trials.
The training camp will begin on June 5 with the first session scheduled at 5:30-7:30 p.m. (all times listed are MDT). Training continues with practices from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. on June 6 and June 7. The court coaches will depart on June 8 and finalists for the USA U18 team will be selected by the USA Menís Junior National Team Committee.
The finalists will continue to train at the USOTC through June 11 before traveling to Sao SebastiŠo do Paraiso, Brazil for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20.
Eight teams will compete in the 2012 U18 Americas zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summerís 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
In the hunt for a sixth gold medal, USA menís teams are 38-2 overall in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship (formerly known as the Junior World Championship Qualifier), and have won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
Syracuse University head coach and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim chairs the USA Menís Junior National Team Committee, which also includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), Bruce Weber (Kansas State University) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina), as well as athlete representative Jay Williams (2002 USA World Championship Team).
Jackson will work with USA Basketball for the first time as a court coach for the 2012 USA Menís U18 Junior National Team training camp, following a 2011-12 season in which he led the Gold Rush to a 23-9 record and was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Coach of the Year for the first time.
ďItís an honor to be able to represent, first of all the NAIA, as well as my institution and our country,Ē Jackson said. ďIt will be an honor to work with some of the best coaches in the country, as well as some of the most talented under-18 players in the country. Iím looking forward to the experience and canít wait to get to work.Ē
This past season, Xavier shared the GCAC regular season championship and appeared in the NAIA Division I tournament for the second straight year. In nine seasons as head coach at Xavier, Jackson has a record of 202-90 (.692 winning percentage) with three GCAC regular season co-championships, seven 20-plus win seasons and six appearances in the NAIA national tournament.
In the 2010-11 season, Xavier finished 27-6 to tally the schoolís most wins in a season since 1983-84. The Gold Rushís 13-0 start in 2010-11 was the programís best start since 1940-41. Over the past five seasons under Jackson, Xavier is the only menís NAIA or NCAA team to rank in the top six in scoring defense in their division for each season.
Xavier cancelled all athletics for the 2005-06 season after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans region on Aug. 29, 2005. When the Gold Rush returned to the court for the 2006-07 season, Jackson led Xavier into the NAIA national tournament where it upset third-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) for the schoolís first victory in the national tourney since 1973.
Jackson took over as head coach at Xavier in June 2002, succeeding Dale Valdery, whom Jackson spent four seasons with as an assistant. Jackson also served as an assistant womenís basketball coach at Xavier from 1993-97, and was head coach of menís and womenís cross country for the Gold Rush from 1994-96. He spent the 1997-98 season as an assistant menís basketball coach at Virginia State University before returning to Xavier as a menís assistant.
In addition to his work at Xavier, Jackson coached the AAU New Orleans Jazz where the list of NBA players he has coached includes D.J. Augustin of the Charlotte Bobcats, Brandon Bass of the Boston Celtics, Glen Davis of the Orlando Magic and Mo Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers. He has directed the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp in New Orleans and the New Orleans Hornets Summer Hoops Clinic.
Jackson is an alumnus of Xavier, having earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992 and a master of arts in education administration in 1996. He lettered in basketball for two seasons with the Gold Rush after beginning his college career at California State University, Northridge.
South Carolina named Martin as its head menís basketball coach on March 27, 2012, after he spent the previous five seasons in the same position at Kansas State University. Martin will be working with USA Basketball for the first time at the 2012 USA Menís U18 Junior National Team training camp.
ďIím extremely excited and honored to be chosen to help out with USA Basketball,Ē Martin said. ďItís been a lifelong dream of mine to become part of the organization, and Iím extremely excited to do it with Coach Donovan, Shaka Smart and Mark Few. Billy has been one of the guys that Iíve known for such a long time and Iíve had former players who have played for him. Iím very thankful to USA Basketball for this opportunity.Ē
In Martinís five seasons at Kansas State, he posted a 117-54 record (.684 winning percentage) and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division I tournament four times, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2009-10 when the team won a school-record 29 games. Martin became the first Kansas State coach to guide the school to over 20 wins and the postseason in each of his first five seasons at the helm. Martin has won at least one game in each of his four trips to the NCAA tournament.
Martin led Kansas State to the third round of the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons as the Wildcats finished 23-11 in 2010-11 and 22-11 in 2011-12.
Following an NIT appearance and 22-12 record in 2008-09, the Wildcats went 29-8 in 2009-10. For his efforts in the 2009-10 season, Martin was the runner-up for the Associated Press National Coach of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Naismithís Menís College Basketball Coach of the Year award. He earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors from both coaches and the media as he led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988.
In Martinís first season as a college head coach in 2007-08, he steered Kansas State to a 21-12 record and the schoolís first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996 as USA Basketball gold medalist Michael Beasley (2006 USA FIBA Americas U18 Championship Team) became just the second player in program history to earn consensus All-America first team honors.† †
Prior to being the head coach at Kansas State, Martin served one season as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats under then-head coach Bob Huggins. From 2004-06, Martin was an assistant at the University of Cincinnati after spending four seasons (2000-04) as an assistant at Northeastern University.
Before entering the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years as a high school coach in his native Miami, Fla. He was a part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School from 1985-93 prior to taking over as head coach at North Miami High School from 1993-95. Martin then returned to Miami Senior High as head coach from 1995-98 where he led the program to two more state titles. He then spent one season as head coach at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000) before becoming an assistant at Northeastern.
Martin earned a bachelorís degree in physical education from Florida International University in 1993.
Price has been the head menís basketball coach at Chattanooga State Community College for the past eight seasons and has been the head womenís basketball coach for the past four. He will work with USA Basketball for the first time as a court coach at the 2012 USA Menís U18 training camp.
ďI am very excited and honored to be a part of USA Basketball,Ē Price said. ďItís an unbelievable honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life.Ē
As the head coach of the Tigers, Price has compiled a career record of 224-90 (.713 winning percentage) and is the first college head coach to lead both menís and womenís teams to the NJCAA tournament. He has been named Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Coach of the Year four times and has led four teams to Eastern Division Conference championships. In his first season as menís head coach in 2004-05, Price led the Tigers to a NJCAA Region VII semifinal appearance.
Throughout his tenure at Chattanooga State, 42 players he has coached have received basketball scholarships to four-year colleges and universities and he has coached four players that have earned NJCAA All-America honors.
Before becoming the menís head coach job at Chattanooga State, Price coached at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga where he was head womenís coach for six years and an assistant menís coach for four years.
Price lettered four seasons (1988-92) and was a three year starter at point guard for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before embarking on a four year career playing professionally overseas. He played internationally in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Dominican Republic, in addition to playing for the United States Basketball League (USBL). Prior to playing for the Volunteers, he was a standout at Brainerd High School in Chattanooga.
Having spent 17 seasons as head coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College, John Thompson will work with USA Basketball for the first time as a court coach.
ďIt is truly an honor to have been selected as a court coach by USA Basketball and to have the opportunity to work with a team that will represent our country,Ē Thompson said. ďI look forward to working with the staff and players and contributing in any way that I can as Coach Donovan prepares the team for their pursuit of the FIBA Americas gold medal.Ē
The all-time winningest coach in North Carolina Wesleyan menís basketball history, Thompson has compiled a 253-198 record (.561 winning percentage) in his 17 seasons leading the Battling Bishops. During his tenure, Wesleyan has won five regular season and/or tournament championships in the USA South Conference and has advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament twice.
Thompson was named USA South Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season after leading the Battling Bishops to an 11-1 conference record and the conference regular season championship. The program advanced to the NCAA tournament and finished with a 21-6 record, the schoolís most wins in a season since the 1986-87 season. Thompson also was named USA South Coach of the Year following the 2009-10 season after winning the regular season conference championship and posting a 16-10 overall record.
Wesleyanís other NCAA tournament appearance under Thompson came in 2001-02 as the Bishops captured the USA South Tournament title and finished with a 20-8 record. Thompsonís first USA South regular season crown and first USA South Coach of the Year honor both came during the 1999-2000 season with the squad compiling a 20-6 record.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Wesleyan for the 1995-96 season, Thompsons was an assistant at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, St. Lawrence University and Guilford College. Thompson played collegiately at St. Andrews and then the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). The captain of his team as a senior, Thompsons graduated from UNCG in 1984 with a degree in communications.
In addition to his role as menís basketball coach at Wesleyan, Thompson serves as Vice President of Athletics. He also served a four-year appointment to the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee beginning in 2007 and was President of the USA South Conference from 2001-05.
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