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Hall of Fame Bio.

MIKE PAYNE

2016 HALL OF FAME CLASS

Coach Mike Payne began his career at Purdy in 1978. Throughout his 28-year tenure, Payne has coached basketball, track, softball and cross country and has instilled the values of hard work, determination, confidence and school spirit in countless players of all ages. He also left his mark on generations of Purdy Eagles as a social studies teacher, mentor, hero and friend. Although he treated each student and player as one of his own kids, Coach Payne was blessed to teach and coach his own children. His daughter, Jessie Payne Clawson, said of her dad and coach, “In his 30 years of coaching, Dad has undoubtedly taught many players the fundamentals of basketball. He ingrained in us the concept of using the backboard, the importance of keeping your head up to see the ball and your man. He taught us to play hard. More importantly he taught, through his example, the fundamentals of life – to live a life of virtue, to serve others, to have a positive attitude, to be an encourager, to show kindness, to practice patience, to give of your time, to work hard, to do what you love." Coach Payne retired in 2005, but he returned to the basketball court in 2014, as assistant coach for the Lady Eagles. He continues to mold and shape young athletes, both on and off the court. 

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