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Monday, January 9, 2012

Floyd Irons Out of Prison and Coaching Basketball

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Irons notched 802 wins and 10 state titles in his 31 years at Vashon. He was later stripped of three of those championships.
  • Irons notched 802 wins and 10 state titles in his 31 years at Vashon. He was later stripped of three of those championships.
Last we checked, legendary basketball coach Floyd Irons was serving a 12-month sentence in federal prison for mortgage fraud.

Just prior to his 2008 sentencing, came even more bad news: The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) stripped the coach and Vashon High School of three state championships and five seasons of games after a Riverfront Times' investigation revealed recruitment violations orchestrated under Irons' tenure.

We were a little surprised, then, when we heard this weekend that Irons has returned to coaching basketball right here in St. Louis.

He's the new head coach of the St. Louis Phoenix, a minor-league basketball team that debuted yesterday in the Premier Basketball League. The Phoenix, which plays out of Soldan High School, lost by a score of 125-95 to the Central Illinois Drive out of Bloomington.

Last year the Phoenix played under the name the St. Louis Pioneers in the American Basketball Association. Though this is Irons first year as the coach.

Daily RFT has a call out to the team's owner, James Graham, for more information about his team and his decision to hire Irons.

The Phoenix boast that all but two of its players attended school in Missouri or Illinois, including former SLU Billiken Dwayne Polk and University of Texas player Curtis Muse, both of whom played under Irons in high school at Vashon.


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