Sports Advocate of the Year: Tony Irons
Head Men’s Basketball Coach | Vashon High School
Led school to first state championship in 10 years
During the Martin Mathews Awards & Benefit Concert on August 27th, we’ll be recognizing outstanding contributors to the St. Louis community such as Mathews-Dickey alumnus and state champion Vashon High basketball coach Tony Irons.
The saying the “the apple does not fall far from tree” certainly applies to the Irons family. Tony Irons followed in the footsteps of his father, Floyd, as a Mathews-Dickey alumnus, above-average high school basketball player and state champion coach.
Bit by the coaching bug, Tony cut his teeth as the basketball coach at two small schools – Imagine Academy and Madison Prep — the latter of which he guided to a state championship. Always one for a challenge, Tony proudly accepted the head coach duties at Vashon High School, a program to which his dad guided to numerous state titles. Earlier this year, Tony brought the state championship back to Vashon High after a 10-year absence.
A believer in the scholar-athlete concept, Tony’s Vashon High School boys’ basketball team is as impressive in the classroom as they are on the court. He has helped majority of his team achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above.