UTC's Foster Adds Jackson To Coaching Staff

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball head coach Jim Foster stayed in the family and tapped former Ohio State guard Brittany Johnson as an assistant coach for the Lady Mocs.

 

Johnson, an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention performer, was a four-year Scholar-Athlete at Ohio State and named to Academic All-Big Ten.

 

After graduating from Ohio State in 2012 with a BS in Sport and Leisure Studies, Johnson played two seasons overseas. Her journey began in Greece for a season-and-a-half where she averaged 23.3 points per game and shot 46 percent from the field. She shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and was 85 percent from the free throw line and was named to the All-Import First Team. In the middle of her second season she moved to Israel where she averaged 42 percent from the field and helped her team to the Israeli Championship.

 

“Brittany has gained valuable experience as a professional player in Greece and Israel,” Foster said of his former guard. “She is a hard worker and that’s what I like to surround myself with.”

 

At Ohio State, Johnson became a fixture in the starting lineup late in her sophomore season. She was a strong perimeter shooter and finished her career with 216 3-pointers, third all-time in Big Ten history, including 85 in her senior campaign. She became the 29th player in program history to top the 1,000-point mark and averaged 43 percent from the field while shooting a scorching 42.4 percent from the 3-point line.

 

She combined for 10 3-pointers in three NCAA Tournament games her senior year including a 4-of-8 performance against No. 1 seed Tennessee to finish the game with 16 points. Against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament, she tied her career high for points with 23 and matched her best effort from beyond the arc with seven 3-pointers, the second most ever in a Big Ten Tournament game and tied for second at Ohio State for a single game. Against Purdue, she drained five 3-pointers in the second half, including the game winning shot with just 0.7 seconds on the clock.

 

In her junior season, she led the Buckeyes with 77 3-pointers. Johnson was ranked first in the Big Ten and second nationally in 3-point field goal percentage making 48.1 percent of her attempts for an Ohio State record.

 

Johnson was the 2007 Miss Basketball in Illinois and the Gatorade Player of the Year. She was the first player in Illinois history, male or female, to top 4,000 points and finished her career with 4,039 points and scored in double figures in 128 of 129 games.

 

Her primary responsibilities on the court will be working with the guards.

 

“I like people to do a little bit of everything,” Foster said. “If they want to be a head coach, they need to get their feet wet in a lot of areas.”

 



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