Don Newman (basketball)

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Don Newman
Don Newman in 2013.jpg
Don Newman in 2013 as a Washington Wizards assistant coach.
Washington Wizards
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1957-11-22) November 22, 1957 (age 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Career information
High school Brother Martin
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College LSU (1975–1976)
Lake City JC (1977)
Idaho (1978–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1980–1983
Position Guard
Coaching career 1986–present
Career history
As player:
1980–1983 Montana Golden Nuggets (CBA)
As coach:
1986–1987 Moscow HS (sophomores)
1987–1992 Washington State (asst.)
1992–1997 Sacramento State
1997–1998 Arizona State
19992003 Milwaukee Bucks (asst.)
2003–2004 New Jersey Nets (asst.)
20042012 San Antonio Spurs (asst.)
2012–present Washington Wizards (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Donald David "Don" Newman (born November 22, 1957) is an American basketball coach and former player and former Canadian football wide receiver who is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He was head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils[1] team from 1997 to 1998, and the Sacramento State team from 1992 to 1997. He also was an assistant coach in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs, and is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

Early life[edit]

Born in New Orleans, Newman graduated from Brother Martin High School in 1975.

College career[edit]

Newman attended Louisiana State University as a freshman in the 1975–76 season and played on the LSU Tigers basketball team. After the year, he transferred to Lake City Junior College and Grambling State University and then in fall 1977 to the University of Idaho.[2][3] Newman played one game at Lake City and did not play at Grambling.[4] After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Newman played on the Idaho Vandals men's basketball team from 1978 to 1980.[2]

Football career[edit]

Don Newman
Date of birth (1957-11-22)November 22, 1957
Place of birth New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Idaho
High school New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin
Career history
As player
1981 Seattle Seahawks*
1981–1983 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1984 Montreal Concordes
1985 New York Jets*
1985 Ottawa Rough Riders
1986 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*Offseason and/or practice squad only

Although Newman never played college football, Newman tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a cornerback.[5] Newman also played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1981–1983), Montreal Concordes (1984), Ottawa Rough Riders (1985), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1986) as a wide receiver.[6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1985, Newman became assistant football coach at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho. He then was an assistant football coach and sophomore basketball team head coach at Moscow High School in Moscow, Idaho.[8][9] He also worked as shoe department manager at a local store while coaching high school sports.[8] Newman earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Idaho in 1987.[10]

From 1987 to 1992, Newman was an assistant coach at Washington State under Kelvin Sampson. Newman earned his master's degree in education from Washington State in 1989.[10][11] Washington State made the 1992 National Invitation Tournament in Newman's final year as assistant there.[12]

From 1992 to 1997, Newman was head coach of Sacramento State. In five seasons with a program that was transitioning from Division II to Division I, Newman had a 20–114 record with Sacramento State.[13] He then was appointed head coach at Arizona State in September 1997 following the resignation of Bill Frieder.[10][14] In his one season at Arizona State, Newman had an 18–14 record, including a first-round loss in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament.[15]

In 1999, Newman became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl. In 2003, he became an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets.[16] In 2004, Newman joined Gregg Popovich's staff at the San Antonio Spurs.[17] After eight seasons with the Spurs that included two NBA titles (2005 and 2007), Newman joined Randy Wittman's staff at the Washington Wizards in 2012.[18]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Sacramento State Hornets (NCAA Division I independent) (1992–1994)
1992–93 Sacramento State 3–24
1993–94 Sacramento State 1–26
Sacramento State Hornets (American West Conference) (1994–1996)
1994–95 Sacramento State 6–21 2–4 3rd
1995–96 Sacramento State 7–20 2–4 T–3rd
Sacramento State Hornets (Big Sky Conference) (1996–1997)
1996–97 Sacramento State 3–23 2–14 9th
Sacramento State: 20–114 6–22
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1997–1998)
1997–98 Arizona State 18–14 8–10 T–5th NIT First Round
Arizona State: 18–14 8–10
Total: 38–128


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  2. ^ a b Smith, Marlin (March 2, 2004). "The Monson Era". Scout Media. Archived from the original on January 18, 2005. 
  3. ^ Missildine, Harry (January 14, 1979). "Twice over lightly". Spokane Spokesman-Review. 
  4. ^ Yamaguchi, Andy (February 6, 1980). "He left his blue bayou behind". The Spokesman-Review. 
  5. ^ Blanchette, John (July 20, 1981). "New allegiances, same dream for Newman". Spokesman-Review. 
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  7. ^ Wilson, Bernie (November 4, 1987). "Newman finds Pullman move short and easy". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 
  8. ^ a b Bock, Hal (November 26, 1997). "Well-traveled Newman has Arizona State in NIT semifinals". Associated Press. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Don Newman basketball camp registration begins". Idahonian. January 3, 1987. 
  10. ^ a b c "ASU Appoints Don Newman as Interim Basketball Coach". Arizona State Sun Devils. September 22, 1997. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Don Newman". Oregon Ducks. Archived from the original on July 22, 2001. 
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  14. ^ "Frieder resigns at ASU". Arizona Daily Wildcat. September 11, 1997. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Don Newman". NBA. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Spurs Name Don Newman Assistant Coach". San Antonio Spurs. June 28, 2004. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ Wang, Gene (July 9, 2012). "Wizards add Don Newman to coaching staff". Washington post. 

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