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For Houston Posey, graduating from UHD in 2010 didn't mean leaving the school altogether. Today, Posey encourages students and fulfills his dreams by volunteering as an assistant coach for the UHD club basketball team
"I've played basketball my entire life and now I want to become a coach," Posey said. "I played on this team for two years and think it's the best place to get my coaching start because Coach (Leon) Trimmingham likes to put me in positions where I can learn a lot and gain experience."
Posey's basketball experience is already extensive. He played at Eisenhower and Milby High Schools, and received several scholarship offers to play in college. He first attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas and transferred to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. While Posey was fulfilling his college basketball dreams, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"My siblings were away at college as well and I knew I had to come back to Houston and take care of my family," Posey said. "Basketball is what I love, but my family always comes first."
After leaving St. Edwards University, he enrolled at the University of Houston and worked several jobs while helping his family cope with his mother's illness. Posey said after several months, the stress was overwhelming and his grades began to suffer for the first time in his life.
Posey's mother, a UHD alumna, eventually recovered and suggested he attend UHD because she thought the small class sizes could help him improve his grades.
He enrolled in UHD and then joined the men's club basketball team as a shooting and point guard. Posey graduated from UHD in December 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
In addition to volunteering at UHD, Posey works as a physical education teacher for the Houston Academy in the Aldine Independent School District, teaching fifth and sixth graders the importance of exercise and fitness.
He said he advises his students and basketball players to be confident in their dreams and abilities and that they can achieve anything with hard work as he did.
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Last updated or reviewed on 2/24/12