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Lawrence County High's Stanley Johnson.
One on one with ...
Lawrence County High's Stanley Johnson
Lawrence County High boys basketball/cross country coach Stanley Johnson sits down for 10 questions with THE
DAILY's Michael Wetzel:
Question: What's the biggest satisfaction you receive as a basketball coach?
Answer: When 90 percent of the other coaches and fans think something can't be done and we do it. Beating the odds.
Q: If you weren't a teacher, what profession would you be in?
A: I'd like to be a full-time minister or have a job in marketing.
Q: Who was your favorite athlete to watch growing up?
A: Probably Joe Montana. I admired his ability to finish games strong.
Q: Are athletes overpaid?
A: Very much so. It's ridiculous how much they are making. Many athletes are sending the wrong message with their lifestyles.
Q: Who is the most overrated pro athlete?
A: Kobe Bryant (of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers). He's a great athlete, but there is such a negative influence that comes with him. That's a bad signal he delivers to our youths.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Lion King
Q: What technology gadget do you have that you need students' help in operating?
A: All of them, especially my computer and cell phone. Some of my students come in my office and in 30 seconds are doing things on my computer that I don't know how to do.
Q: What musical instrument that you don't play would you like to know how?
A: The piano. I always wanted to be in a rock band, too. The piano looks like fun.
Q: Who is the best athlete you have ever coached against?
A: Probably Reprobatus Bibbs who played at Courtland (now playing basketball at North Alabama). He is just an amazing athlete. He seemed to be on a higher level than everybody else.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I have very little spare time, but I enjoy spending time with
family, friends and my dog Pumpkin.
Johnson shaping young lives
Lawrence County High basketball/cross country coach Stanley Johnson said coaching offers him the opportunity to help shape the lives of young people.
The 44-year-old Athens State University graduate spends many of his summer days as a director/counselor at Christian camps. He said he takes experiences from a difficult childhood to help others. "The day I got on that church bus changed my life," Johnson said. In 1999, he compiled his inspirations into a collection of short stories: "Experiencing Rare Moments."
When he isn't coaching or counseling, Johnson enjoys running. He has run the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville four times. His best time: 2 hours, 57.28 minutes.
— Michael Wetzel
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