Don Newman (basketball)

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Don Newman
Don Newman in 2013.jpg
Newman with Washington Wizards in 2013
Personal information
Born (1957-11-22) November 22, 1957 (age 60)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High school Brother Martin
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1980–1983
Position Guard
Coaching career 1986–present
Career history
As player:
1980–1983 Montana Golden Nuggets
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.)
20122016 Washington Wizards (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Donald David Newman (born November 22, 1957) is an American basketball coach and former player and former Canadian football wide receiver, currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Newman was head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils for the 1997–98 season,[1] and the Sacramento State 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

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Newman graduated from its Brother Martin High School in 1975.

College career

Newman attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge as a freshman in the 1975–76 season and played on the LSU Tigers basketball team. After the year, he transferred to Lake City Community College and Grambling State University and then in fall 1977 to the University of Idaho in Moscow.[2][3][4] Newman did not play at Grambling and played only one game with Lake City.[2]

After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Newman played for the Idaho Vandals from 1978 to 1980 under new head coach Don Monson.[2][3][5] Following five consecutive years in the Big Sky cellar, Idaho rose to second place in the conference standings in Newman's senior season and qualified for the four-team conference tournament for the first time;[6][7] he was a unanimous first team all-conference selection.[8][9][10] Prior to his senior year, Newman was selected in fourth round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers;[2] then was taken in the third round in 1980 by the Boston Celtics.[11]

Newman also played center field for the Vandal baseball team in 1979.[2][12]

Football career

Don Newman
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) Wide receiver
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
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 he never played college football, Newman tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a cornerback in 1981.[13] He played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1981–1983),[14] Montreal Concordes (1984), Ottawa Rough Riders (1985), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1986) as a wide receiver.[15][16]

While playing pro football, Newman also played pro basketball for three seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the Montana Golden Nuggets (in Great Falls), with George Karl as head coach.

Coaching career

High school

Returning to northern Idaho in 1985, Newman was an assistant football coach at Lewiston High School for a season, then an assistant football coach and sophomore basketball coach at Moscow High School;[17][18] he also worked as shoe department manager at a local store while coaching high school sports.[17][19] Newman completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from the U of I in 1987.[20]


From 1987 to 1992, Newman was an assistant coach at neighboring Washington State in Pullman under Kelvin Sampson,[16] and earned his master's degree in education from WSU in 1989.[20][21] The Cougars made the NIT in his final year as an assistant there.[22]

From 1992 to 1997, Newman was head coach of Sacramento State. In five seasons with a Hornets program that was transitioning from Division II to Division I, he had a 20–114 (.149) record.[23] He then became an assistant at Arizona State in Tempe, and was appointed the head coach in September 1997 following the resignation of Bill Frieder.[20][24][25] In his only season at ASU, Newman had an 18–14 record, concluded with a first-round loss in the NIT.[26]


In 1999, Newman became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl, and moved to the New Jersey Nets in 2003.[27] In 2004, Newman joined Gregg Popovich's staff at the San Antonio Spurs.[28] After eight seasons with the Spurs that included two NBA titles in 2005 and 2007, he joined Randy Wittman's staff at the Washington Wizards in 2012.[29]

Head coaching record

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 c d e Yamaguchi, Andy (February 6, 1980). "He left his blue bayou behind". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C2. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Marlin (March 2, 2004). "The Monson Era". Scout Media. Archived from the original on January 18, 2005. 
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (January 14, 1979). "Twice over lightly". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  5. ^ "Basketball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1980. p. 21, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Vandals drub NAU". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). February 24, 1980. p. C1. 
  7. ^ "College standings". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 3, 1980. p. 4C. 
  8. ^ "Neman named All Big Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 6, 1980. p. 3C. 
  9. ^ "Collins, Newman picked for Big Sky All-Stars". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 6, 1980. p. 25. 
  10. ^ "Intercollegiate athletics". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1980. p. 22, part 4. 
  11. ^ "Collins is drafted by Atlanta Hawks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). June 10, 1980. p. 25. 
  12. ^ "Vandals sweep into first place". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 8, 1979. p. 1B. 
  13. ^ Blanchette, John (July 20, 1981). "New allegiances, same dream for Newman". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 13. 
  14. ^ Blanchette, John (January 26, 1983). "Oh Canada? Two anthems, two sports for Newman". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ a b Wilson, Bernie (November 4, 1987). "Newman finds Pullman move short and easy". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. D4. 
  17. ^ a b Bock, Hal (November 26, 1997). "Well-traveled Newman has Arizona State in NIT semifinals". Associated Press. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Don Newman basketball camp registration begins". Idahonian. (Moscow). January 3, 1987. p. 18. 
  19. ^ Kearney, Trevor (March 19, 1998). "Newman will rise; he has before". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C. 
  20. ^ a b c "ASU Appoints Don Newman as Interim Basketball Coach". Arizona State Sun Devils. September 22, 1997. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Don Newman". Oregon Ducks. Archived from the original on July 22, 2001. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Frieder resigns at ASU". Arizona Daily Wildcat. September 11, 1997. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  25. ^ Reisner, Mel (September 23, 1997). "Former Vandal Don Newman tabbed by ASU". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. p. 1B. 
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  27. ^ "Don Newman". NBA. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Spurs Name Don Newman Assistant Coach". San Antonio Spurs. June 28, 2004. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  29. ^ Wang, Gene (July 9, 2012). "Wizards add Don Newman to coaching staff". Washington post. 

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