Girls Basketball Coach of the Year: Roy Johnson, Woodland (copy)

Woodland High’s Roy Johnson enters this week facing a former colleague and getting back used to coaching after being home for the past two weeks.

STOCKBRIDGE — The Woodland Lady Wolfpack girls basketball program is still in action this season and they’ll be facing Arabia Mountain in Elite Eight.

But this could be one of the best games of the night around the state given the history between the two coaches that’s on the line.

Roy Johnson is back with his team and the Lady Wolfpack are on a roll, but they had to play host to Arabia Mountain. The former DeKalb County coach in Johnson is very familiar with Arabia Mountain’s coach Jerry Jackson.

“It’s never an advantage when you know the coach,” Johnson said. “It is actually harder because we both are similar in styles. It’s like coaching against yourself.”

Finding out how this happened wasn’t that hard. Just look back at Freedom Middle School, where they both worked together. When Johnson left, Jackson rose through the ranks as an assistant coach then head coach at Redan High.

Strangely enough, they’d never coached against each other up until now. But that’s neither here nor there.

We know that Johnson had a disciplinary action brought against him weeks ago that left him off the sidelines of the Lady Wolfpack program. But he missed it.

“I really love coaching this group of young ladies,” Johnson said with his casual smile that lights up a gym. “So, having to sit at home and wait for the many text updates was exhausting.”

The program was in good hands though. And they didn’t just make it through the Round of 32, but they even reached Sweet 16 and surpassed their opponent to make it to Elite Eight.

Leading the team was Treasure Johnson in his absence and while sitting at home, it was obvious for Johnson, he believed in Treasure and Arth Holiday too.

“I believe in Treasure and Holiday and the girls do too. Regardless of who was coaching, we all believed we could be here,” Johnson said.

“They all did a great job making the necessary adjustments to overcome the two opponents. Treasure really showed her ability to lead and coach during this playoff run and I won’t be shocked when someone comes knocking on her door to energize and run their program.”

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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