Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Meet Troy Johnson

With a new basketball season fresh upon us, we thought it appropriate to introduce you to a new member of Coach George Nessman's coaching staff.

Troy Johnson has come aboard as the video coordinator/film exchange coach. Troy's duties will be all matters dealing with video such as exchanges with other teams and breaking down practice, scrimmage and game film to isolate specific plays and players. "If Coach Nessman wants footage of the 'bigs' on the team performing good postups or positioning that needs improvement, then I do that," Johnson said.

Film study is something the coaching staff spends major time on as well as using video in conjunction with player and overall team instruction.

Johnson is also currently pursuing his master's degree in Physical Education - Exercise and Sports Science.

He was the head coach at Merritt College in Oakland the last two seasons and coached at Western New Mexico University, Ohlone College and San Francisco City College prior to that. He's also friends with many of the coaches affiliated with two of the top club basketball teams in the Bay Area, the Oakland Soldiers and the Oakland Rebels. Johnson also coached the New York City Midnight Express club squad.

Growing up in New York City, he played hoops including as a member of New York City's Metro Hawks (formerly Riverside Church) and did a post grad year at a North Carolina-based prep school before moving across the country to attend Merritt College.

Asked about his future, Johnson said, "Hopefully continue to learn and blossom under Coach Nessman's direction to become one of the best D- 1 assistants and eventually a head coach at this level before my career is over."

We welcome Troy Johnson to the Spartan Family.

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