On the Court
Known to many as “District Don,” Coach Don Coleman is one of the premiere legendary figures in the history of high school basketball. Honored in two Texas Halls of Fame, he inspired a level of excellence from his players that resulted in 893 wins and an an overall lifetime average of 25 wins per season. His teams' records include 18 district championships, a state championship, 26 consecutive 20-win seasons, and a string of 81 straight district wins that still stands as the Texas record today.
Off the Court
Coach Coleman’s story goes far beyond the hardwoods of Texas high school gymnasiums. His passion for helping others and serving his Lord and Savior were the ultimate scoreboard for which Coach liked to be measured. Nothing meant more to Coach than a former player, student, or friend coming to him years after the fact and noting the difference he had made in their lives, and he always gave the glory to God.
He was also heavily invested in the profession of coaching. Coach Coleman spent countless hours in a united quest to grow the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He would invite young coaches into his office and home to talk about coaching strategies and the future of the sport. He would share his philosophies with tomorrow's leaders in hopes that he would leave the sport better off than it was when he entered.