Mastery High School of Camden, New Jersey has appointed former Camden basketball standout Charles Payton as its new basketball coach. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Mastery High School of Camden, New Jersey has appointed former Camden basketball standout Charles Payton as its new basketball coach. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Mastery High School of Camden names new basketball coach

Mastery High School of Camden, New Jersey has appointed former Camden basketball standout Charles Payton as its new basketball coach.

“I was actually headed to Camden High School and looking at an assistant coaching position there,” Payton said in a statement. “I was working around Camden with Kevin Walls on different mentoring programs geared toward steering young people away from poor life decisions when Mastery invited us to take a look at what they were doing. I spoke with officials at the school and they were interested in having someone run their basketball team. I really liked what I saw.”

Payton, born and raised in Camden, attended Camden High where he played for late legendary coach Clarence Turner. Payton was on Turner’s 1978 New Jersey State Championship team that finished the season with a 29-1 record.

Payton played his college basketball at Appalachian State where he earned several All-Southern Conference and all-tournament selections. In 1981, he won the Southern Conference Player of the Year award. After his college career, he played 13 years of professional basketball in Portugal, the United Kingdom and Austria. He retired in 1998 and started his pro coaching career winning Coach of the Year, an Austrian National Championship and two National Cup Championships.

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