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"For my life and all the blessings that I've received I always thought to myself how can I give back to the city of Birmingham which has given me so much," Johnson said. "This is a perfect way for me to do that. I had some other stuff I was thinking about until this opportunity came up as a consultant. When it did, I couldn't think of anything else I would rather do."
"Our system has always been seem as one of the state's top athletics programs in the past," he said. "We've got mostly new Asics Runners 2017
He'll be a part of the selection committee to attract quality coaches. He also aims to increase attendance at city athletic events. The goal will be to Asics Fuzex Lyte White
"Buck did an excellent job as an athletic consultant with the city," Myers said. "He was attentive and went in and listened to the coaches. He met with the students and talked to the principals and put together an excellent plan in preparing for the future. We all think he will do a fantastic job. He's excited about the challenge to increase all the opportunities for these kids."
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Basketball" in 1982 after starring for Jack Doss at Hayes. The Birmingham native was a first round pick by the NBA's Houston Rockets out of Alabama in 1986. He spent six of his seven seasons in the NBA with the same team. His final season was with the Washington Bullets.
He spent those five months in that consultant's role visiting schools and getting a gauge of the system's needs and strengths. The city has seen its teams continue to do well in basketball, but there's been a decline on the football field. That's a focus. but he also has an eye on sports like baseball, softball, track and volleyball.
He'll have an office at Park Place downtown and plans to move to Birmingham during the summer. Johnson had worked as a business development director for a small defense contractor in Huntsville after he retired from the NBA.
He prioritized the need for a streamlined feeder system. That's where the boundaries are drawn clearly and the relationship between the middle and high school coach is strong.
Johnson was approved Tuesday night by the Birmingham school board as the system's new full time athletic director. He was hired as a consultant on Oct. 2 last year.
"Planning to make a difference with this city's youth is something I've thought about for the last 10 years," Johnson said. "I've thought about a way to invest in and to serve my city and this is the best way."
Birmingham Athletic Partnership board member Scott Myers praised the hire.
It is a sporting life come full circle. Johnson starred at Hayes from 1979 1982. The Pacesetters won back to back state basketball titles before he moved on to Tuscaloosa and to an NBA life in Houston with the Rockets.
Former Alabama basketball great Buck Johnson named Birmingham City Schools athletic director
His latest role as an athletic consultant hired by the Birmingham Athletic Partnership has blossomed into a permanent position. That was a goal for that relationships from the outset and it has come to fruition.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Johnson said. "We've got so many positive things to promote regarding athletics in the city. We want to make sure we have a strong feeder school system should be in place. That's essential for the long term athletic success for our schools."
see multiple teams from the city make the playoffs, compete for championships and those student athletes earn college scholarships.
facilities in a lot of our schools now so I think the emphasis for our future Asics Shoes Black Friday Sale will be professional development for coaches and development for our kids. It is almost a year round thing now and we want to put the focus on making those teams much more competitive statewide."
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He termed the position a "dream come true" for the next phase of his career.
"It is going to be a process and it sure won't happen overnight," he said. "But we are sure going to work out butts off to try to regain that competitiveness that we have been used to."
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