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Lawrence County High's Stanley Johnson.
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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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