Monds named North Lamar’s head basketball coach

Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 11:03 PM CDT
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PARIS, Texas (KXII) - David Monds is stepping across town to join his wife and kids after four years at the Paris Independent School District. At North Lamar ISD, he will take the position of the Panthers’ head basketball coach. The 6′8″ coach says not only will he rest a little easier at night knowing his home is no longer divided, but he also hopes to help bridge the gap between the Paris and North Lamar communities.

Monds attended Oklahoma State University on an athletic scholarship. After obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology he went on to play professional basketball in Turkey, Germany, Puerto Rico, China, Greece, France and Saudi Arabia. Monds played professional basketball from 2007-2015. The highlight of his career occurred after a successful NBA summer league campaign in 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers when he was invited to Veteran Camp and participated in Laker pre-season competition before being released.

Monds’ wife Taqoya, who he smilingly says is his best friend, is also the Pantherettes’ head basketball coach. Despite the uncertainty of how high school sports will proceed in the 2020-2021 season due to the UIL COVID-19 guidelines, the Monds team is eager to unleash a new era in basketball.

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