Morgan Wootten began his career in 1956 at DeMatha Catholic High School. One of the iconic moments in Wootten’s career was in 1965 when Wootten made national headlines as his DeMatha team beat Lew Alcindor’s Power Memorial Academy and ended its 71-game winning streak!
When he retired in 2002, Wootten’s career coaching record stood at 1,274-192. In 46 seasons as the head coach of DeMatha basketball, he won five high school national championships, 22 Washington, DC titles, and 33 WCAC championships.
Wootten was named “Coach of the 20th Century” and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Mike Jones ‘91
Mike Jones and his DeMatha Squads won an impressive 500 games (and only 121 loses). His teams have won national titles and several conference titles in that time span as they play in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Before he took on the head coaching position at DeMatha, Jones served as an assistant to the legendary Morgan Wootten for four seasons.
Jones has also become a national fixture with his role as coach of the USA Basketball program. He was named “Coach of the year” by the Washington Post in 2005 and served as a head coach at the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit in 2018.
Five of Jones’ players are currently playing in the NBA, including Markelle Fultz, who was the top overall first round 2017 draft pick.
Jones played professionally in the United States, Europe, and in Asia. In October 2012, Jones was named a Distinguished Alumnus at ODU and in 2017 was inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame.
In Spring of 2020, Jones accepted a job as the assistant head coach for Virginia Tech Hokies. In August 2023, DeMatha hosted an event when they announced that the basketball court will be named after Coach Fall 2023.