Jim Maddox took his Tallmadge High basketball team from the outhouse to the penthouse in a hurry. In 1979-80, his Blue Devils finished 4-15, his worst record as a coach. A year later, they were 16-3 and champions of the Metro League. Then, in 1982-83, the Blue Devils finished the regular season 20-0, the school's first undefeated season. In both 1981 and '83, Maddox was voted by his peers as Summit County basketball coach of the year. He has been named Metro League coach of the year five times.