Editor’s note: The Menominee High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct 8 new members at a ceremony on May 2 at Riverside Golf Club. Each Tuesday, the EagleHerald will feature one inductee. Tickets for the ceremony and banquet are on sale at the Menominee High School Main Office and Athletic Office. Cost is $25 per ticket. For further information, contact John Wills at 906-863-6887.

MENOMINEE — From 1980-2010, the Menominee girls basketball team and Maroons’ boys golf team, even though two completely different sports had one common denominator — coach Pete Mayhew.

In his 30 years behind the helm as the girls varsity basketball coach, Mayhew racked up 377 wins against 256 losses for a 60 percent winning mark, making him first all-time at Menominee, fifth in the Upper Peninsula and 45th in the State of Michigan. In the U.P., he only trails legends such as Ewen-Trout Creek’s Nancy Osier, Ontonagon’s Dick Franti, Carney-Nadeau’s Paul Polfus and St. Ignace’s Dorene Ingalls.

Ten years after he retired as the all-time wins leader at Menominee, Mayhew will be taking his place in the Menominee High School Athletic Hall of Fame with the Class of 2020 at an induction ceremony at Riverside Golf Club on May 2.

Mayhew graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Mathematics and then attended Michigan State University from 1978-1982 where he got his Master’s in Education Administration while working as a teacher at Menominee High School.

In 1976, Mayhew started the girls JV basketball program and in 1977, he started the Junior High program where he coached a combined 7th and 8th grade team before he took over as head varsity coach in 1980.

After taking over the varsity squad, it was not long before Mayhew started implementing summer leagues, weight training and conditioning to the to-do list for Maroon athletes in order to get them in top shape for upcoming seasons, and it paid off in 1985 as Mayhew and the Maroons’ won his first of four total Class B regional titles.

“Pete was a great coach that was all about the fundamentals,” former player on that 1985 regional title winning squad Heather Nelson said. “He was a tough coach in that he expected the best out of everyone each and every day, but he was very respected and that allowed him to get the results he got. He was so dedicated and passionate about women’s athletics. I owe a lot of my basketball success to him.”

Back in the 1980s student-athlete highlight tapes for women were unusual to see and more often than not had to be done personally, and Mayhew would still find the time to record Nelson doing drills and shooting jumpers to put something together to send to college coaches.

“We were in the gym a lot together and he was one of the people who really did the most for me,” Nelson said. “He was always extremely supportive of everyone and just wanted to see us be the best we could be. He made everyone he came in contact with a better player.”

In 2000, Mayhew and the Maroons turned in the first and — up until this past basketball season — the only undefeated season in school history by finishing the regular season a perfect 19-0. Menominee overtook the No. 1 spot in the UPSSA poll from St. Ignace in late October of that year, held on for the remainder of the season and got up to as high as No. 9 in the state of Michigan in Class B.

The Maroons also clinched their first Great Northern Conference title since 1996 and were named Class A-B Team of the Year — also the first time since 1996.

In total, Mayhew’s girls teams amassed 13 district titles, six conference championships, four regional titles and were named U.P. Team of the Year on three separate occasions while being honored as Class B Coach of the Year three times by the Michigan Basketball Coaches’ Association.

As Menominee’s boys golf coach, Mayhew won a U.P. title in 2000 and added plenty of GNC crowns as well — including the 2009 team which had a motto of “We ain’t goin’ home yet” which they would yell while taking victory laps in the Menominee High School parking lot whenever they won a tournament.

All in all, Mayhew’s golf and basketball victories added together nearly eclipse 500 total wins and his teams had over 100 players get recognized for postseason awards — both all-conference and all-state.

Mayhew spent 30 years with Menominee, not only coaching but also teaching mathematics and helping countless kids achieve their dreams. Now, he will get to spend the rest of eternity enshrined in the Menominee High School Athletic Hall of Fame.