James Mays



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James Mays

Name:  James Mays

Campus: South Oak Cliff 

Sport: Athletic Coordinator and Boys Basketball Coach 


Years’ Coaching Experience:  27

Collegiate Alma Mater: Prairie View A&M University


James Mays II will begin his 27th year in DISD and 25th at SOC. He has been the head boys basketball coach since 1999(19 years) and will start his 7st year as Athletic Coordinator. Coach Mays is a 1989 graduate of Prairie View A&M University and received a B.B.A. in Finance. His teams have made the U.I.L. State playoffs all 18 years as the head coach. His overall coaching record is 472-165. He has won 4 State Championships (05, 06, 07, 08), has a total of 5 State Tournament appearances, and have appeared in 9 Regional Tournaments. . Coach Mays  has won DFW Coach-of-the-year honors in 2005 and 2008 and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach-of-the-year in 2005. He also has been honored as District Coach-of-the-year 13 times. Coach Mays coached the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game in 2008 and DISD All-Star game in 2003 winning both games. He is currently a member of the DISD Basketball Committee. Coach Mays lectures at various clinics across the city, state, and country. He has received several civic awards for his work in the community. He is a member of Friendship West Baptist Church and serves on the Security ministry. He also attends Concord Church. Coach Mays is married (Jannifer) and have 3 children (James III, Jakobi, and Jordan). He has helped and influenced many student/athletes to attend college. Many have Graduated and/or reached the professional level in in either basketball or football.

E-Mail:  jamays@dallasisd.org