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East Texas father, son coach state champ basketball teams 60 years apart

MOUNT VERNON, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas father-son duo are both coaches of girls high school basketball team, and now after 60 years, both are coaches of state champs.

As a kid, Brad Floyd watched his father coach the Coppell High School girls basketball team to win the state championship title in 1958 and 1960.

“He’s a big reason why I got involved in it,” Mt. Vernon High School basketball coach Brad Floyd said.  

Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, David Floyd spent most of his time coaching from a wheelchair and even from a stretcher.

“It inspires you to go to work every day, and do your best and never complain,” Brad said.

Now 60 years after his father’s win, Brad can say he, too, has coached the best team in the state.

“It’s been fun. It’s been a fun journey,” Brad said.  

The Mt. Vernon High School coach has been with some of the girls since middle school and scouted some in elementary.

“It’s really interesting to watch these young ladies mature and become better people and better basketball payers and better athletes. It's an exciting experience,” Brad said.

The 26-year veteran coach, along with the rest of the coaching staff, now serves as an inspiration for the team.

“Ever since junior high, Coach Ladd and Coach Floyd have been with us,” said Rylee, a basketball player. “And been there every step of the way to motivate us and they are just really great people.”

This is the first state championship in school history for the girls’ basketball team, and they say the only place to go from here is up.

“So we got to state, and now our goal for the next three years since I’m a freshman is to get back to state and win again,” said Peyton, a basketball player.  

And the family tradition doesn’t stop there, Brad's son plays for the Mt. Vernon High School boys basketball team, which will compete for the state championship on Saturday.

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