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Monday July 22nd, 2019 6:26AM

Basketball: Johnson names Guthrie as new boys coach

By AccessWDUN Staff

OAKWOOD — Johnson High School Athletic Director Tony Wagner announced Friday that Chris Guthrie has been named the new head boys basketball coach for the Knights.

Guthrie has 33 years of coaching experience. He began his coaching career at Lumpkin County with the Lady Indians from 1993-1994 and was the Lumpkin boys coach for two stints: from 2005-2006 and 2011-2015. Guthrie then served as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls programs at Lumpkin for a total of 20 years. 

In 2016, Guthrie was hired as an assistant for the Chestatee girls team and then was then named Chestatee girls head coach for the 2017-2018 season. From 2018-2019, Guthrie served as an assistant for the Chestatee boys.

Johnson Associate Principal Jonathan Edwards said they are looking forward to having Guthrie join the Knights.

“Coach Guthrie is an excellent teacher of the game. He has a track record of developing student-athletes into quality players, and most importantly, into high quality young people," Edwards said. "He is a man of character, and he brings with him a wealth of experience and basketball knowledge. We are really looking forward to him bringing these elements to the Johnson basketball program and watching our student athletes develop under his leadership.” 

“I am humbled and thrilled to be named the next...boys coach at Johnson," Guthrie said. "I’ve coached for 33 years at almost every level. I believe Johnson is a great fit for me. I will be committed to empowering our student-athletes to make a positive difference in our community as we strive to compete at the highest level in Hall County, our region, and the state.”

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