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Garland Lakeview Centennial coach Tony Mauldin named national H.S. basketball coach of the year

Garland Lakeview Centennial boys basketball coach Tony Mauldin has been named the 2010 National Basketball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

He was one of 21 high school coaches from across the country to receive the award in different sports.

Coach Mauldin received the award Friday night from UIL executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt at halftime during the game that preceeded Lakeview’s 5A semifinal game against San Antonio Northside Taft.

Last year, Mauldin’s Patriots finished the season 33-3, making it all the way to the state 5A boys title game, which they lost.

This year, the Patriots are 37-1, ranked second in the state and third in the nation. They play again in the 5A boys state title game Saturday night against Flower Mound Marcus (37-1).

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one “other” category that is not included in these 20 categories.

Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2009-10 school year.

Click to see the complete list of award winners.

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