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George Maya: National Girls Basketball Coach of the Year (2017-18)

By Hannah Wishart on April 16, 2019 coaches Print

The NFHS is proud to name George Maya of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico as the 2017-18 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year!

Coach Maya is a pillar of his community. Throughout his 23 years of coaching, he has helped with numerous charitable causes in his community, from Coats for Kids to raising over $20,000 for cancer research, all in addition to leading his girls basketball teams to 3 state championships! Coaching is about more than just a sport, it's about working with athletes to teach them skills they'll carry for a lifetime. The NFHS is proud to name Coach George Maya of Mayfield High School in La Mesa, New Mexico as the 207-18 NATIONAL Girls Basketball Coach of the Year!

SchoolMayfield High School

Seasons Coaching: 23 | State Championships: 3

Coaching Highlights: 2005, 2016 North/South All Star Game Coach (South), 2015 New Mexico High School Coaches Association Ralph Bower Coaching With Character Award Recipient, 2015 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Finalist, 2014 National Federation of State High School Coaches Sectional Coach of the Year, 2014 Max Preps Double Goal Coach Award—National Finalist, 12 Time District 3 AAAAA Coach of the Year, 2004 New Mexico Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

400 Career Wins (January 2, 2015), 3 State Championships, 5-time State Championship Runner-up, 17 District Championships, 10 State Final 4 Appearances, 8 State Championship Game Appearances

2 New Mexico Gatorade Players of the Year, 25 athletes moving on to collegiate level


Philosophy of Athletics

Coach Maya loves to learn and learning inspires him to teach others. Through athletics he hopes to positively influence today's youth so they might be good citizens tomorrow. His interactions with athletes involves patience, kindness and most importantly creating diversion from bad choices and peer pressure. Although he likes to win, it is imperative that he do so in a fair and just manner. He works with his athletes to prepare them with life skills they will face beyond high school and strongly believes that athletics is an amazing avenue to encourage responsibility and accountability. He uses a "Character Matters" curriculum with his athletes that values character, not only in athletics, but in life.

See all of the 2017-18 National Coach of the Year recipients by viewing our press release.