After leading the Benjamin boys 2000-01 varsity basketball team to a 26-1 record, a regional championship and the team's first ever Final Four appearance, and after being honored as Palm Beach County Small School Coach of the year in 1998-99, and again in 1999-2000, Ron Johnson was named Florida Dairy Farmers Florida 2A Coach of the Year for 2000-01. After learning the news, but before the presentation of the award, Ron led the team to a 45-37 victory over perennial power Port St. Joe in the first round of the Florida Final Four. This is the farthest the Benjamin boys had ever gotten in the State tournament, but the best was yet to come! On Saturday, March 10, 2001, Ron lead the Bucs to a stunning 50-45 victory over the Arlington Country Day Apaches to win the State 2A Championship. With that victory, the Benjamin School became only the third school in the history of the FHSAA to win both the girls and boys basketball championships in the same year.
Using Ron's patient motion offense, and combining ball pressure man-to-man and several well disguised zones, the Buccaneers were able to overcome a team that had been ranked the fifteenth best team in America, carrying two Seniors (6'10" O.J. Gilmore and 6'8" Barry Jordan) who have already signed to play Division I ball next year. As Ron says "Winning is an ATTITUDE"
|Prior to arriving at Benjamin, Johnson was the Assistant
Basketball Coach at Binghamton University in New York for one season, helping
Binghamton land the top recruiting class in the New England College Conference.
Before his stint at Binghamton, Johnson was the Head Varsity Basketball
Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Melbourne Central Catholic High
School. In his three seasons at MCC, the Hustlers won a District Championship
and advanced to the Regional Final game.
A New Jersey native, Johnson graduated from Barry University in Miami in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management. He completed his playing career at Barry as the school's all-time scoring leader (he also owns other Barry University Men's Basketball career records). Prior to his last home game, the University honored him by retiring his #12 jersey. He was honored in 1996 as a member of Barry University's Inaugural Wall of Honor.
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