Talking a Good Game

By DeMarco Williams

This is the first fall in 33 years that Jim Johnson won’t walk into a classroom to teach students. After three-plus decades of molding young minds, the 55-year-old Johnson decided he needed a break.

“It’s a little different, but I’m enjoying it,” said the partially retired Johnson, who will continue leading the men’s basketball team at Greece Athena High School near Rochester, N.Y.

As one would imagine, coach Johnson has learned countless lessons during his time on the bench and in front of a chalkboard – effective communication being one of the most important. Winning certainly helps in getting messages across to kids, their parents and school administrators – Johnson is 383-218 with eight divisional titles since 2000 – but it takes more than that.

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