Character University Speaker
On Feb. 15, 2006, Greece Athena High School Basketball Coach Johnson made the kindhearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac into the season’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.
Based on what transpired in those few short minutes in 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 made a number of radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows. In 2006 he met President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki, and Senator Hillary Clinton, to name just a few luminaries. Coach Jim’s experience and success has put him in high demand, speaking to audiences from all over the country such as: Pontiac, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Ladders, Paychex Inc, the National Conference on Student Leadership, and the Social Security Administration. Coach was inspired to write a book to document the amazing dynamics which lead to the ‘miracle’ that took place on the basketball court in ‘A Coach and a Miracle’.
Coach Johnson lives in Greece, NY with his wife, Pat. Coach retired in 2014 from his position as a physical-education teacher at Athena after 33 years and is excited about being able to share his message to many more audiences. Even though he has retired from full-time teaching he looks forward to entering his 20th season as the Trojans’ varsity coach. Coach is excited to have the opportunity to work with your team very soon!