JOSHUA, Texas – J.D. Mayo has been coaching basketball for 44 years, so when he moved to Joshua, it was the start of another adventure.
“Our goal is to produce outstanding citizens that will be a true asset in our country,” Mayo said during a shoot around on Friday.
Every school he’s ever coached at – from Spruce to Skyline to Nocona, and now, at Joshua – Mayo has always had his boys basketball players dress up on game day, because he said he’s never seen two men wearing ties get into a serious fight.
“We teach our youngsters to dress for success,” Mayo said. “It’s a special day for us on game day.”
Since taking over, Joshua recently snapped a 27-game district losing streak.
“Last year we’d play basketball and I had some teachers and students, they’d be like, ‘Oh, who are you going to lose to this week?'” said Joshua senior center Tyson Brown.
So when they won their sixth game of the year in a Glen Rose tournament, his players experienced something new. They brought home a trophy — the first in ten years for the school.
During his career, Mayo has coached two McDonald’s All-Americans, Skyline’s Larry Johnson, who was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and CJ Miles, who is still playing in the NBA.
“Like, man,” Brown said. “I’ve seen it on TV, but I’ve never held a trophy like that before. It was something new for me.”
Johnson’s John Wooden Award sits in his office, along with lots of memories from his years of coaching.
“You need to be a double goal coach, that’s G-O-A-L,” Mayo said. “Coaching them in the sport, but also coach them for life.”
Joshua won’t make the playoffs this year, but right now, their nine wins are the most at the school in eight years.