Red Bird Mission School dedicates their court to former coach John D. Wilson

BEVERLY, Ky. (WYMT) - An award ceremony that ended with quite the surprise.

"This is one of the biggest honors of my life," said KHSAA Basketball Hall of Famer John Wilson. "This is more important than getting into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, about it."

Coach John D. Wilson was honored Saturday at Red Bird Mission School after 25 years with a court dedicated to him, something that the former coach says means the world to him.

"I could hardly hold it from breaking down. It was just overwhelming really," Wilson added.

Wilson amassed over 300 wins in his career and was inducted into the KHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, but he meant a lot more than just wins and losses to his players.

"He was a father figure to me, and I think that for a lot of students that he coached, it's the same way," said Jon North, a member of Red Bird's 2008 class.

North says he is one of those impacted by Coach Wilson. The 2008 Red Bird graduate lost his dad at the age of 12 and says that Wilson taught him those lessons he missed out on.

"The way he instilled that in every player that came through - that you have to be dedicated, and you have to do the little things, you have to do things the right way, and that's something that a teenager growing up without a father - that's the kind of hand that you need," North added.

Wilson retired from coaching in 2013, but the lessons he taught his players go beyond the court.

"I don't think a coach deserves it more than what he got here today."

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