USA Deaf Basketball International

USADB International Staff

  David Hamilton, International Director

This athletic director from California School for the Deaf in Riverside enjoys communicating with players from other countries.  There is an international language that is signed language that no other culture can attest to.  Hearing people from other countries cannot really communicate with each other at their Olympic Games whereas we could in Deaflympics. We are able to experience communication using international gestures and signs. We have similar oppressions and experiences as a deaf community regardless of our language. David is from Lexington, Kentucky and attended Kentucky School for the Deaf.  His degrees include Gallaudet University (1990), Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration; Western Maryland College (1995), Master of Arts, Deaf Education. David has played on five gold Deaflympic teams from Germany in 1981 to Rome in 2001.  While playing in Bulgaria, David captured the coveted award, Best Player of All USA Athletes at Deaflympics in 1993.  He coached and won gold for the USA team at Melbourne in 2005.  David has many years of coaching experiences with Riverside, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, and as an assistant coach at Gallaudet University.  He also has an annual summer basketball camp for youth.

  Jimmy DeStefano, Men's Program Coordinator
For more than 25 years, James DeStefano has been coaching basketball at the high school, collegiate and international level. DeStefano is entering his third season at the Maryland School for the Deaf where his last year’s team finished with 23 wins and 5 losses and was selected as National Champion. DeStefano was also selected National Coach of the Year. He started coaching at Mackin High School in 1981. He was named the basketball coach at Model Secondary School for the Deaf for 2 years where he had an impressive record of 42-15 and his team was selected as the National Champions in his 2nd season. He coached 4 years at the high school level and his overall record was 81 wins and 32 losses. DeStefano had nearly 20 years of collegiate experience at Gallaudet University. One of his many accomplishments at Gallaudet was that more than 20 of his former players and managers followed his footstep to become successful high school basketball coaches and athletic directors. During his stint at Gallaudet, he was a two time Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. At the International level, DeStefano was an assistant coach for the 1997 Deaf USA Basketball Team. The squad won the gold medal in the Deaflympics in Copenhagen, Denmark. As the head coach in 2001, DeStefano led the Deaf USA Basketball Team to a gold medal at the Deaflympics in Rome, Italy. The following year, DeStefano was the head coach for the 2002 Deaf USA Basketball Team that earned a silver medal at the Deaf World Championship in Athens, Greece. Last year, DeStefano was an assistant coach for the 2009 Deaf USA Basketball Team that captured the gold medal in the Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan. DeStefano has been married for 20 years to his wife, Debby, and the couple has two children, Stephen, a high school teacher at the California School for the Deaf at Fremont and David, a budget analyst at Gallaudet University.

Keith Westhoelter, Youth Men Coordinator
is currently the head coach for the 2011 World Deaf Championship National Men Team. He is a high school math teacher and basketball coach at Indiana School for the Deaf.  He graduated from Gallaudet University in the early 90's and played on the Deaflympics teams in 1993, 1997, and 2001.  He coached the 2005 and 2009 Deaflympics teams and looks forward to: “To win nothing but gold with memories that last a lifetime!” He enjoys collecting antiques.

USA Deaf Basketball International is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) and the United States Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF), USA Deaf Basketball International is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA deaf teams that compete in DIBF sponsored Deaf international basketball competitions.