Friday, May 10, 2013
The majority of students at Georgetown High School weren’t born when Anthuan Maybank won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
But every student at the high school, and at its neighbor, Georgetown Middle School, knows him because the street the schools are on is Anthuan Maybank Drive.
Maybank, 43, has spent the last six years in Delaware, teaching at the University of Wilmington, coaching at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, and traveling the world as a motivational speaker and advocate for healthy eating.
He still runs about 15 to 20 miles a week, breaking that down into one-hour trips of about 5 to 6 miles.
“I can’t even think about the aspect of not doing something track related,” he said.
Although the weather in Delaware gets much colder than in his native South Carolina, Maybank said he got used to the cold while attending the University of Iowa. Only temperatures below 25 degrees keep him from going outside to run.
Other than 5Ks and 10Ks, Maybank stopped competing regularly about 10 years ago, but returned to the track at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last month. He and his teammates placed second in the 4x100 at the event.
That result earned him an invitation to the Masters Nationals in Olathe, Kansas, in June.
Maybank said it was good for the Tatnall athletes to see that their coach “just doesn’t talk about doing things but goes out and does stuff.”
His job is not only to make them better athletes, but also better people.
“It’s not just sports,” he said. “It’s the education, the emotional aspects, the decisions that you make.”
Maybank received a full scholarship to Iowa and graduated with degrees in public relations and banking, and later earned his masters in finance and marketing. He uses his life as an example for the Tatnall boys.
“It’s good to aspire to be a professional athlete but without your college degree … what can you fall back on?” he said.
He inspires his charges by telling them he was a bookworm who had to learn to become an athlete. And then he shows them his gold medal.
Maybank is concerned about the current generation of kids who would rather play video games or sit in front of a computer for hours each day instead of going outside and being active.
“When I was young, once the sun came out we were outside and active and when the sun went down we came back in,” he said. “Nothing replaces physical activity and going outside.”
He’s also worried that kids spend too much time alone and never develop “social graces.”
At the University of Wilmington, Maybank teaches masters level classes for managers on dealing with employees and making critical decisions.
“I can see the impact on the lives of the individuals I’m working with,” he said. “They actually step up and ask for the help.”
Maybank’s mom, Eugenia, still lives in Georgetown, and one of his five sisters lives in South Carolina.
Despite his degrees in finance and banking, Maybank said he has “found a niche outside of sitting at my desk and crunching numbers.”
By Chris Sokoloski