Snow Valley Iowa Basketball Schools at Wartburg College
The Tradition Continues
Directed by USA Basketball Coach Don Showalter, Sports Illustrated recognizes Snow Valley Iowa as one of the nation's top basketball camps. Improve your fundamental, positional, and team play skills in a high-energy environment with players of similar skill sets.
Snow Valley Iowa Basketball Schools is committed to helping campers improve their individual basketball skills in all areas of the game. Train with dedicated, highly-qualified basketball professionals from across the globe.
- All coaches are USA Basketball Lincensed
- A minimum of 19 individual and team fundamental clinics per week
- High-level instruction, daily scrimmages, discussions, and more
- Receive a camp t-shirt, personal evaluation and report card
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Camp Director Don Showalter
Nine-time USA Basketball gold medalist head coach Don Showalter, who was hired by the USA Basketball Youth Division as the Director of Coach Development in May 2016, was announced as the head coach of the 2017 USA Men's U16 National Team on March 2, 2017 and was recently named 2017 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coach of the Year.View Don Showalter's Bio ⟩
Most recently, Showalter led the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team to a gold medal and 5-0 record at the 2017 FIBA U16 Tournament of the Americas.
A high school coach for 42 years and a nine-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award winner, Showalter owns a perfect 55-0 record at the helm of USA Basketball U16 and U17 teams.
Further, Showalter was the U.S. Olympic Committee 2012 Volunteer Coach of the Year.
In addition to winning gold medals for the USA, Showalter has returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for eight fall training camps to help prepare the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team for future competitions.
Showalter was the USA head coach in the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit and for the North Team in the 1998 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival. He was the coordinator for a youth clinic hosted by USA Basketball in New York in 2004, and he served as chair of the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee (now the Developmental National Team Committee) from 2001-08.
Showalter compiled a 601-346 overall record (.635 winning percentage) during his 42 seasons as a high school head, including 16 district titles and six state tournament appearances.
In 2015-16, his fourth and final year at Iowa City High School, his team finished 13-10, was a co-champion of the Mississippi Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference, and Showalter was named the 2016 Mississippi Valley Division Coach of the Year in the MVC.
While at Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa) from 1984-85 to 2011-12, Showalter tallied a 446-202 (.688) record, and in eight seasons (1976-84) as the head coach at Central Elkader High School (Iowa), he totaled a 108-63 (.632) record.
Showalter earned the 2004 National Association of Basketball Coaches Advocacy Award. In 2009, he was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as the National Coach of the Year, and he was an Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year 10 times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2016).
Showalter has been recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication to the game. In 2004 he earned the NABC Advocacy Award. In 2009 Showalter was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as its National, Regional and State Coach of the Year after having been named the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year nine times (1981, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006-2008, 2010).
In addition to his high school coaching duties, Showalter was selected to coach in the 1999 McDonald’s High School All-America Game and the 2005 and 2012 Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Games. He has been a coach at the Nike Skills Academy and LeBron Academy and has also spoken at basketball clinics around the world, including in Australia, Belgium, Dubai, Egypt, England, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Spain (Canary Islands) and Switzerland.
He was a member of the McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee.
Showalter splits his time between Colorado Springs and Iowa City with his wife Vicky, with whom he has two children and four grandchildren.
Co-Director Jerry Slykhuis (1943-2016)
For 40 years, Jerry Slykhuis coached through a philosophy based on fundamental development and individual growth. He instilled values of hard work and dedication and transformed the lives of players from all over the world. After the tragic loss of Jerry, we dedicate this 2017 camp season to him, a dear friend and one of Iowa's greatest coaches.View Jerry Slykhuis (1943-2016)'s Bio ⟩
Jerry was the former Cedar Falls and Fort Madison Head Coach, boasting over 500 wins. Coach Slykhuis was inducted into the Iowa High School & Ft. Madison Hall of Fames and named 12 times district & 2 times State Coach of the Year.
Coach Slykhuis coached basketball and golf for 40 years. He was named district and substrate coach of the year 12 times and was named 4A coach of the year twice, once in 1977 and agin in 1987. Jerry was a National High School Athletic Coaches Association finalist in 2008 and National Chairman for Men's basketball for the NHSACA 2009-2012. He also coached the North team in USA basketball festival in 2002, the Iowa select team in 1990-92, and led Fort Madison and Cedar Falls to the State Tournament 7 times.
Coach Dick Peth
Dick Peth enters his 21st year as head coach of the Wartburg College men's basketball program. He has compiled a 321-214 mark with the Knights, while his overall career record, which includes a strong 221-123 run at the University of Denver from 1985-1987, is 542-336.View Dick Peth's Bio ⟩
During his tenure, Wartburg’s program has also captured three Iowa Conference championships (2000-01/2004-05/2005-06) and one Iowa Conference tournament championship (2017) and earned two NCAA Division III national tournament berths (2001 & 2017). He led the Knights to back-to-back Iowa Conference championships in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and a record-setting fifth consecutive season of 20-plus wins in 2004-05.The 2005 IIAC Coach of the Year, he has also earned other accolades at the helm of the program including the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association's Paul Maaske award in 2005 and 2000, D3News Coach of the Month honors in 2001-02, and the IIAC COTY award following the 2000-01 season.
He has compiled a 321-214 mark with the Knights, while his overall career record, which includes a strong 221-123 run at the University of Denver from 1985-1987, is 542-336. During his tenure, Wartburg’s program has also captured three Iowa Conference championships (2000-01/2004-05/2005-06) and one Iowa Conference tournament championship (2017) and earned two NCAA Division III national tournament berths (2001 & 2017). On Feb. 3, 2007, he became the 33rd active head coach to reach 400 wins in NCAA Division III and reached the 500 win mark on Jan. 17, 2015.
Before coming to Wartburg, Peth was head coach at the University of Denver, an NCAA Division II school, posting a 221-123 record in 12 years. He played for former University of Iowa men's basketball coach Lute Olson from 1975 to 1979, captaining the 1979 team that won the Big 10 title and made it to the NCAA postseason tournament. Peth was recently ranked second on a list of the top 10 greatest high school players ever in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area by the La Crosse Tribune. He was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 5.
Boys I: July 6-10
Boys II: July 11-15
Boys III: July 18-22
Girls: July 23-26
Check-in: First day at 9:30AM in the Cardinal Commons, between Grossman and Lohe Residence Halls
Closing Ceremony: Last day at 11:30AM
EXTRA NIGHT STAYOVER
Campers attending both Boys I and Boys II have the option to stay the night between sessions (July 10th) for a fee of $15. This fee includes supervision and lodging. By purchasing the extra night stayover, it is not required for parents/guardians to attend the Boys Session I check-out on July 10th or the Boys Session II check-in on July 11th.
PERSONAL PLAYER PROFILE
At Snow Valley Iowa, we expect each and every camper to arrive prepared and bring a positive attitude. A Personal Player Profile Report Card will be kept on each camper throughout the week and given to him or her on the last day of camp. This Report Card will note particular strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for individual improvement once your son or daughter has left Snow Valley.
DAILY BASKETBALL PLAY
A minimum of nineteen clinics concerning individual and team fundamentals will be presented during the week long session, with drills being part of each clinic. Daily game competition against campers of the same age and ability level will be scheduled. Every participant will play a minimum of one half of every game. We design our program to have a ratio of eight players to each coach. We guarantee and excellent week of basketball involvement.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 per room in suites with 2-4 double rooms and a common living area. Campers are assigned by age or roommate request. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Suggested Spending Money: $50
Campers can purchase camp shorts and various camp shirts at check-in, during one night at camp and at check-out. Pizza is sold in the evenings. We also suggest that you do not bring anything to camp of high value.
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Images by MD Janiska.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6:30AM Report to gym Clinic # 1
- 7:00AM-8:00AM Breakfast
- 8:15AM-9:00AM On the floor warm ups
- 9:00AM-11:00AM Clinics
- 11:00AM-11:30AM Team practice or position work
- 11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch
- 1:15PM Back on the floor
- 1:30PM-4:00PM Clinics
- 4:00PM-4:45PM Team practice or position work
- 4:45PM-5:45PM Dinner
- 6:30PM-7:00PM Back on the floor (warm ups)
- 7:00PM-8:00PM Clinics
- 8:15PM-10:30PM Games
Wartburg College is centrally located between most of the major metropolitan areas of the Midwest in Waverly, Iowa. Located on “The Avenue of the Saints” (Highway 27/218) that connects Minneapolis/St. Paul to St. Louis, Waverly is easily accessible.
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Great Job Snow Valley
August 20, 2017: Coaches took her focus away from the 1 on 1 game and made her focus on her problem areas. She gets physical in the post now and realizes the importance of working as a team and positional responsibilities. Before she knew what you were supposed to do, now she understands the why and when. For example fast break defense, spacing, boxing out, defender position in relation to shot selection, and not to force the pass.
— Sean T. Parent
Best camp my son has ever been to
July 31, 2017: Great coaches. Great instruction. Best camp my son has ever been to and we would recommend it to anyone who is serious about the game of basketball!
— Gary B. Parent
He loved meeting new friends
July 26, 2017: My child loved the fundamentals taught by the caring coaches. He loved meeting new friends from across the U.S. and the international campers. It was a challenging camp with so much time devoted to basketball, but rewarding when completed. Thanks again Snow Valley Coaches!
— Ray P. Parent
Can't beat the athlete/coach ratio
July 25, 2017: The highlight of camp was being part of a team and meeting new teammates. The staffs positive energy was great. Can't beat the athlete/coach ratio!
— Brady S. Camper