Braden Markham and his wife are both John Marshall graduates, but over time they have switched their allegiance to the south side of Rochester.
Markham, who has served as a youth coach for about a decade in Rochester, was named the head boys basketball coach at Mayo on Thursday.
Markham becomes Mayo’s fourth different boys basketball coach in the last six seasons. He replaces Kevin Landrum. Mayo had a 7-12 record in Landrum's one season as coach.
“I just want to give some stability to the program and some consistency,” Markham said.
Markham is a 1994 John Marshall grad. He played varsity basketball for the Rockets as a junior in 1992-93. His wife, Megan, is a 1995 JM grad.
“Originally it was tough to go from the black and red to the green and gold, but we’ve definitely switched our allegiance,” Markham said.
The 45-year-old Markham owns a business in Rochester and is an area home builder.
“He’s a good fit, he’s been involved in Mayo boys basketball on the youth side for many years,” Mayo activities director Jeff Whitney said. “He’s worked with a number of our kids in the younger stages of his career so he’s very familiar with Mayo boys basketball and our traditions.”
“My background in coaching is at the youth level at Mayo,” Markham said. “We’ve been building the program at the youth level for the last 10 years or so.”
In that time Markham has worked and coached youth players in grades 1-8 at various stages.
Markham said he wants to feature a team that plays tough-nosed team defense, and primarily man-to-man.
“I’m excited about our current 10th through 12th graders, and all of them,” Markham said. “Going down through sixth grade, I think we’re going to have a nice little run at Mayo. I’m excited about the kids in the program right now.”
“Obviously he knows where we want to go and he has a vision for what he wants to do so we’re looking forward to him hopefully putting his mark on the program,” Whitney said.
Markham also hopes to shape his players off the court as well.
“I’m really looking forward to connecting with the young men here and turning them into positive citizens and as great human beings,” he said.
Markham and his wife have three children. Their daughter, Adelay, will be a senior at Mayo in 2021-22 and is a cheer captain. Both their sons play basketball. Sawyer will be a sophomore in the fall and he played for the Mayo B-squad as a freshman. Sage will be a seventh grader.
Whitney said Markham was selected over a number of other candidates for the coaching job.
“We always get a number of applications but we always have a narrow window of what we’re looking for,” Whitney said. “I wouldn’t say we had as many applications as we have had in the past.”