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Newman with Washington Wizards in 2013
November 22, 1957|
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 11, 2018 (aged 60)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
|NBA draft||1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1980–1983||Montana Golden Nuggets|
|1986–1987||Moscow HS (sophomores)|
|1987–1992||Washington State (assistant)|
|1999–2003||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2003–2004||New Jersey Nets (assistant)|
|2004–2012||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|2012–2016||Washington Wizards (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
Donald David Newman (November 22, 1957 – September 11, 2018) was an American professional athlete in basketball and Canadian football. Following his playing career, he was the head basketball coach at Arizona State for the 1997–98 season, and Sacramento State from 1992 to 1997. He also was an assistant coach in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Washington Wizards.
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. Newman did not play at Grambling and played only one game with Lake City.
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. 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; he was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Prior to his senior year, Newman was selected in fourth round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers; then was taken in the third round in 1980 by the Boston Celtics.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin|
|1985||New York Jets*|
|1985||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad only|
Although he never played college football, Newman tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a cornerback in 1981. He 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.
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.
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; he also worked as shoe department manager at a local store while coaching high school sports. Newman completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Idaho in 1987.
From 1987 to 1992, Newman was an assistant coach at neighboring Washington State in Pullman under Kelvin Sampson, and earned his master's degree in education from WSU in 1989. The Cougars made the NIT in his final year as an assistant there.
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. 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. In his only season at ASU, Newman had an 18–14 record, concluded with a first-round loss in the NIT.
In 1999, Newman became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl, and moved to the New Jersey Nets in 2003. In 2004, Newman joined Gregg Popovich's staff at the San Antonio Spurs. 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.
Don Newman coaching record:
|Sacramento State Hornets (NCAA Division I independent) (1992–1994)|
|Sacramento State Hornets (American West Conference) (1994–1996)|
|Sacramento State Hornets (Big Sky Conference) (1996–1997)|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1997–1998)|
|1997–98||Arizona State||18–14||8–10||T–5th||NIT First Round|