SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - The City of Selma had a sweet surprise in store for legendary basketball coach Willie Maxey over the weekend.
The community held “May for Maxey” to celebrate Maxey’s time coaching at Selma High School. Friends, family and community members gathered at the school to honor Maxey with a DJ and drive by celebration.
“I consider this an amazing day, a day that I never thought would happened,” said Maxey. “I am so very appreciative for all the accolades that I received from the entire community, the former staff at Selma High School, the athletic department - all of them. I’m just overjoyed and very, very thankful and blessed to be here and be a part of the Selma community.”
Maxey began coaching for Selma back in 1989 and stayed through 2000. In ten years with the Saints, he earned a 157-76 overall record. His teams won seven area championships, made three elite eight appearances and won the 6A State Championship in 1994.
“I’ve had an amazing degree of success here and throughout the State of Alabama,” he said. “I’ve been involved in all of the programs. We played top-notch schools throughout the state of Alabama, and we were very successful. We had our wins and our losses, but I just enjoyed the fact that I was here at the school for all occasions.”
Although he is retired from coaching, Maxey still spends a lot of time serving the Selma community.