The newest addition to the Marion High School Athletics Department is a familiar face: Former Giants basketball standout Julius Mays is joining the staff as assistant athletic director.
“We are very excited to have Julius back as a part of the Giant family,” Marion High School Principal Keith Burke said. “Julius is energetic and a hard worker and he has great character. He is coming home where his heart is and will be a great role model for our student athletes. He will do great things for our school community!”
Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said Mays’ combination of Marion roots and his experiences since high school makes him a great addition to the athletics staff.
“Julius Mays is a Marion Giant! He has the heart for the students, families, and city of Marion,” Lindsay said. “He will bring his world-class professional experiences to our student-athletes and will make a giant difference for our students and our programs. We are proud to welcome Julius to this leadership role!”
Mays is a 2008 Marion High School graduate who played basketball professionally overseas after contributing to several outstanding collegiate programs.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and organizational leadership, attending both North Carolina State University and Wright State University. He also did master’s degree coursework in sports administration at the University of Kentucky.
Mays said after he left professional basketball, it was a dream to return to his hometown.
“My biggest vision is to give kids the opportunities I’ve had, both out in the world but also here in our city,” he said.
Starting this summer Mays will work closely with new MHS Athletic Director Steve Moritz.
Moritz called the choice of Mays for assistant AD a “no-brainer”.
“Julius was a model student when he was at Marion High School, and he’s been a model citizen since then,” Moritz said. “He was a class act on the court, and he has been ever since.”
Starting this summer, Mays will work closely with new MHS Athletic Director Steve Moritz. James Bell, who had been serving as interim AD, continues to help with the transition in the department. He will continue work closely with the athletic department in his new role as assistant principal next school year at Marion High School, when he will oversee the physical education department and will take point on helping student athletes maintain compliance with NCAA requirements, to help provide next-level opportunities for those who want to pursue college athletics. Bell will also help oversee discipline and work closely with the MHS deans.