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On today’s show we will be talking to Coach Jim Johnson who has more than 30 years’ experience developing winning high school basketball teams, including 428 career victories which has led to numerous championships and rewards for his teams and for himself. Perhaps his most notable victory is when he inserted his autistic student-manager Jason McElwain (J-Mac) into a game and the rest is history relative to the lives that have been touched since.
That experience and success has put Coach Johnson in high demand as a motivational speaker and an author.
During this episode you’ll hear
- What motivated Jim Johnson to become a high school basketball coach.
- What the gesture of bringing his autistic team manager, Jason McElwain (T-Mac) into Greece Athena’s final home basketball game meant to T-Mac and the fans of Greece Athena
- When Jim became associated with Coach Donavan and what led him to write this forward
- Why defining your mission, setting goals, and persevering are critical steps in one’s planning process
- The importance of sharing your success with others and believing in miracles
- The importance of defining your passion
Jonathan Krueger is an Investment Advisor Representative with Lion Street Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Representative and a Registered Representative with Lion Street Advisors, LLC member SIPC. Opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Lion Street Advisors, LLC or LionsGate Advisors. The topics discussed, and opinions given are not intended to address the specific needs of any listener. Neither Lion Street Advisors, LLC nor LionsGate Advisors offer legal or tax advice; listeners are encouraged to discuss their financial needs with the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance.
Jim Johnson is a high school basketball coach and the Author of the book, “A Coach and a Miracle.” Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that got Hollywood calling. He also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, delivering his talks with a heartfelt style that has brought audiences to their feet.
Coach Johnson has developed winning high-school basketball teams for 30 years, taking over three losing varsity programs and turning them into winners in short periods of time. Of his 428 career victories, one in particular will surely never be duplicated.
On Feb. 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the kindhearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac into Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Coach Johnson, also, was featured in major news outlets around the country.
To make the Hollywood ending complete, Greece Athena captured the first Section V title of Coach Johnson’s career a few weeks later.