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Oakland coach, mentor walks former player down aisle in emotional wedding

 - Last month when Oakland native Jelela Simpson got married, her high school basketball coach, also known as her mentor and one of her best friends flew out to the wedding in Texas to gave her away.

Simpson, now a resident of Houston, said shortly after getting engaged, she called up her former coach and asked him to walk her down the aisle. 

"I don't know why he was surprised. He was so dramatic," Simpson said, "He should have known." 

Gray became Simpson's coach more than 15 years ago, when she began playing basketball at Oakland Technical High School. She graduated in 2003. 

 

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