St. Thomas High School basketball coach Gary Hall has been selected to lead a group of the country’s most highly-touted recruits in an upcoming national showcase.
Hall was one of two Houston-area coaches selected to coach in the McDonald’s All American Game. He will be the head coach for the East boys team during the 43rd annual showcase April 1 at the Toyota Center.
The game will tip off at 6 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.
“It’s extremely humbling, and it’s an amazing honor,” Hall said in an interview posted Friday to the school’s Twitter page. “I’m just so thankful that the McDonald’s selection committee recognized a normal high school basketball coach … who takes regular kids and works as hard as they possibly can to help them become better on and off the court.”
Hall, in his second year as the head coach at St. Thomas, is just the third Texas high school coach selected to coach in the prestigious game, according to the school. The Eagles racked up 25 wins and a regional final appearance last season in Hall’s first year, and sit at 2-0 in TAPPS District 4 action this year.
Hall was previously the head coach at Herndon High School in northern Virginia for more than 20 years starting in 1984, amassing a record of 392-189 and three state-tournament appearances in two stints at the school. He also led Virginia’s Middleburg Academy to a 28-6 record in one season and spent one season at Nacogdoches High School before coming to St. Thomas.
“It’s very special for Gary and his family,” St. Thomas Athletic Director Mike Netzel said in a separate interview posted on the school’s Twitter page. “It’s the culmination of a career devoted to the game of basketball, which I think is very special. We celebrate this with him, and we’re so happy for him.”
Tickets for the game are now available at toyotacenter.com/events/detail/mcdaag.