University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster has hired two young assistant coaches, Brittany Johnson and John McCray, both of whom were with him in some capacity at Ohio State.
The hirings became official late Tuesday afternoon, allthough Johnson, who played for Foster at Ohio State (2007-11), was in Chattanooga earlier this month and participated in UTC's girls' basketball camp. Wednesday was the first day in town for McCray.
"I'm very happy with getting a couple of young people that want to coach and have a great work ethic," Foster said.
Johnson finished her Buckeyes career with 216 3-pointers, third all-time at OSU. She spent the past two years playing professionally overseas. This is her first coaching job.
"Coach Foster called me and said, 'I'd like you to be one of my assistant coaches,' and I took the job," Johnson said, adding, "This is a great opportunity and ... I'm ready to wrap up [playing] and start coaching."
McCray, a 2011 Ohio State graduate, was a video assistant for Foster during the 2010-11 season. He spent the past two seasons as the video coordinator at Saint Joseph's. Along with video duties for UTC, McCray will work with the post players.
The chance to be a coach and not just work behind the scenes lured him from St. Joseph's.
"That promotion, that bump up, and being able to get on the road recruiting -- I love to recruit ... and being able to get out on the road and see the kids play, that's something I'm looking forward to," McCray said.
For Foster and his new assistants, who join former Lady Mocs player and Wes Moore assistant Katie Burrows on the staff, this week is their first chance to see UTC's players in person. The Lady Mocs who are in summer school began working out with the coaches Tuesday.
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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...