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Dru Joyce, II

Coaching can be a very rewarding occupation. It can lift you up to the highest levels of success and provide exhilarations that last a lifetime. Coaching can also be difficult and frustrating. For Dru Joyce, success and exhilaration have far outdistanced difficulty and frustration. Joyce has been the head boys basketball coach at Akron st. Vincent-St. Mary High School for 15 seasons, and the Irish have experienced much success under his tutelage. The pinnacle of that success was reached during the Irish's 2003 State Championship season when, led by LeBron James, they were also named USA Today's National Champions and Joyce was named National Coach of the Year. During a coaching career that has amassed 303 victories against just 93 losses, Joyce has continued to teach the game of basketball and life to his players. The Irish also captured OHSAA State Championships in 2009 and 2011, and along the way has won eight regional championships and 13 district titles. Joyce was named Ohio Division II Co-Coach of the Year in 2009 and was Akron Dapper Dan Club's Sports Person of the Year in 2010. He was also selected to serve as the Co-Head Coach of the McDonald's High School All-American Team in 2010. Born and raised in East Liverpool, Joyce played football and ran track for the Potters. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1973 before heading off to college at Ohio University where he earned a degree in business and economics. He and his family moved to Akron in 1984 and he retired from Con-Agra Foods in 2004 after 26 years of service. Since that time he has built a second career around basketball. In addition to his coaching duties, Joyce runs the King James Shooting Star Classic - one of the top travel team tournaments in the country and also is the director of the Northeast Ohio Basketball Association. He is also the author of the book, "Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life," and continues to be active as a member of the House of the Lord Church where he serves as a trustee.

Inducted 2016 | Coach