Mocs coach Brittany Johnson going into Illinois Hall of Fame
People close to the Chattanooga Mocs women's basketball team know all about Brittany Johnson.
The assistant coach is unassuming and humble.
This weekend, Johnson goes into an Illinois hall of fame.
She started playing basketball in the 4th grade.
The game has been very good to her.
Johnson noted, "And the only reason I actually played basketball is because my friends did it."
At Olney East Richland High School in Olney, Illinois, she was superb.
She was the first player in Illinois history - male or female - to top 4,000 points with 4,031 career points. She scored in double figures in all but one game for a career average of 31.3 points per game.
Saturday night she will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. "I think it'll be, 'Wow, it's pretty remarkable.' I mean it's a great honor, can't take anything back from it. I mean hard work does pay off," Johnson said.
She went on to play at Ohio State under current Mocs coach Jim Foster.
She is third on the Buckeyes all-time list for three pointers. The Mocs director of operations Debbie Black recruited her to Ohio State. Black knew right away there was something special about Johnson. "Her work ethic was beyond belief," Black recounted.
After graduation and playing professionally for two years, she ended up in Chattanooga as an assistant with coach Foster. The shy assistant acknowledged playing is more fun than coaching, but "I mean coaching is also a great thing. I'm learning every day from my staff and from coach Foster. A lot of things that go into coaching, so you always gotta keep learning."
She certainly has and shares her knowledge with the players. After one gets to know Johnson, it's clear that she's a portrait of humility.
As Black put it, "I just think people probably don't know about her because she's the last person to talk about herself and I just want to say congratulations and you're a wonderful person and this is an awesome honor."
Coach Foster has been out of the country, but certainly congratulated his coach.
Johnson said down the road she might consider becoming a head coach.
For now, she wants to keep learning and stay "behind the scenes."