A New Face for CCCC Basketball

14 October 2015
Tasha Riggins
A New Face for CCCC Basketball

(photo credits: Marketing Department)

With the recent resignation of last year’s assistant coach, Coach Carter, the position has been filled by new and experienced coach, Mike Johnson. Coach Johnson is from Brooklyn, New York and has had plenty of exposure to the game of basketball. For as long as Johnson can remember, basketball has always been a part of his life.

“During my youth years I spent most of my time at the neighborhood rec center run by a former NBA player," said Mike Johnson, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.

Johnson attended Sheepshead Bay High School, a well-known school near Coney Island, playing basketball there for three years.

“As a high school basketball player I was named New York City honorable mention and first time all Brooklyn, said Johnson.”

After high school Johnson was recruited to play junior college basketball at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. 

“I played at Blinn for two years and I was junior college honorable mention my sophomore year," said Johnson.

Once Johnson finished two years of basketball at Blinn, he was then recruited to the University of Albany. After playing at the University of Albany, Johnson graduated in 2010 with a degree in history and education. Upon graduating Johnson got his first coaching job at Green Tech Charter High School in Albany.

“My first year there I was the freshman coach and the second assistant coach for the varsity team. The next year I moved up to junior varsity coach and also stayed at second assistant varsity coach helping the team accomplish a New York State Championship," said Johnson.

After coaching just two years at the high school level, Johnson quickly pursued a coaching opportunity at Schenectady Community College. He coached there for one year before coming to Cloud County.

“I’m here and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be. All of my previous coaching jobs have been part-time, meaning I worked two jobs which burned me out. Basketball is my passion and I thought being here will help bring my dream to a reality, said Johnson.”

As the season approaches, Johnson has many goals for this season.

“I really would like to see this year’s team compete at a high level, it’s not always about the win-loss ratio, but it’s about how hard the team works and leaving everything they got all out on the court," said Johnson.

As he begins his fourth year of coaching - Johnson has a few goals.

“As short term goal I’d like to keep helping players develop their game  as their years go on. I'd also like to build my resume. I’d like to one day  coach at a university and possibly the NBA, right now, the sky is the limit," said Johnson.

- Kris Pokrandt (JN101 "Interview Assignment" submission)