John Shumate

John Shumate (born April 6, 1952)

Teams coached: Grand Canyon Antelopes, SMU Mustangs, Phoenix Mercury
Grand Canyon record: 58-33 (.637)
SMU record: 78-118 (.398)
Overall record^: 136-151 (.474)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1993)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southwest Regular Season Champion:  1  (1993)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2009-2010 Phoenix Suns (asst)
2003 Phoenix Mercury
1995-1998 Toronto Raptors (asst)
1988-1995 SMU
1986-1988 Notre Dame (asst)
1983-1986 Grand Canyon
1981-1983 Notre Dame (volunteer)

John Shumate Facts

  • John Henry Shumate
  • Born April 6, 1952
  • Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame (BA, 1974)
  • After graduating from Thomas Jefferson HS (NJ), Shumate played for Digger Phelps at Notre Dame
  • Drafted 4th overall in 1974 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns and played six seasons in the NBA
    • Had to sit out the 1974-75 season, but was NBA All-Rookie First-Team for the Suns in 1976
    • After one year in Phoenix, Shumate played for the Buffalo Braves, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle SuperSonics
    • Head coaches he played for include John MacLeod, Tates Locke, Bob MacKinnon, Joe Mullaney, Bob Kauffman, Dick Vitale, Del Harris, Stan Albeck and Lenny Wilkens
  • After his playing career ended in 1981, Shumate spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant for Phelps at Notre Dame
  • Hired in 1983 to be the head coach at then-NAIA Grand Canyon, going 58-33 over three seasons
  • Returned to Notre Dame as a full-time assistant in 1986, working under Phelps for two more seasons
  • Became the head coach at SMU in 1988, leading the Mustangs for seven seasons
    • Compiled a 78-118 overall record and won the Southwest title in 1993 to earn a NCAA bid; named Southwest COY that season
    • Resigned in 1995 following two straight seasons of single-digit wins
  • Has spent the remainder of his career in the professional ranks, most of which has been in Phoenix
    • Spent three years as a Toronto Raptors assistant, one under Brendan Malone and two under Darrell Walker
    • Became a college scout for the Phoenix Suns, beginning a long relationship with the franchise
    • Left the Suns briefly in 2003 to be the head coach of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury (8-26)
    • Returned to the Suns after that season and served as a scout for the next six years
      • Spent the 2009-2010 as one of Alvin Gentry’s assistants for the team

John Shumate Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels only