Seminole's winningest basketball coach in several decades, Paul Page, has accepted the head coaching job at friendship High School. He will be sorely missed.
Paul was born in Aspermont where he spent his school years and graduated in 1991. He went to Angelo State University where he got his bachelor of arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. He intended to be a reporter and one day work for ESPN. He said his sophomore year God changed his plans and he became a coach.
Basically this is what just happened. Paul said he didn't go looking for a place to move, but a door opened and he communicated with them for a week and a half trying to shut it, but he couldn't get it done. He finally had to step through it.
Paul has coached at Rule, Olney, Roby and then he and his wife, Jennifer and their two children, Hannah (who is now in the 6th grade), and Kendall, (now in the fourth grade), moved to Seminole in 2004
Paul is moving into an exciting situation at Friendship. He will be moving up to a new level in basketball. Friendship will be playing at the 6-A level next year.
He said he is excited about the opportunity but he will miss Seminole. "I will miss the town, the school, the administration and my church, (The First Baptist Church).
"It has been an honor and a privilege to carry on the tradition of Seminole Indian Basketball." Under his coaching the team won seven district championships and qualified for the playoffs nine times. Page has been named district 4-3A coach of the year five times, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2005 He was named Odessa American All Permian Basin Coach of the Year, and in 2009 TABC AAA Don Coleman Outstanding Coach of the Year and THSCA region 4 All-Sar Coach Nominee. He led the Indians to the region 1-3A finals in 2009.
During his years here the Indians, at one time we won 40 district games in a row. We lost in the playoffs to Estacado four years in a row, but they weren't in our conference at the time. They were this year and we beat them.
Coach Page said he feels Seminole will have an excellent basketball team this year, and this was one thing which made stepping through the door so difficult. He just felt it was the time to make the change.
We wish him the best of luck in his new job but we will miss him, except when they play Seminole.