At the heart of the Fellowship of the Christian Athletes is the word..."influence." It's the "influence" of a coach that can either change a life, or interrupt a life...for the good. That "influence" is defined as power, sway, authority, capability.....weight. Ahh....that's the word, when you describe Coach Oliver Johnson. Weight.
He was just so heavy. We're not speaking about a physical weight, but just his presence alone....could change things. Coach Johnson will be remembered by being a great basketball player at his beloved Alcorn, actually coaching one of the legends of our area Coach Harry Breland at Earl Travillion a long time ago, but mostly,..being a "ball" coach at North Forrest. In Eatonville, he coached literally every sport the school had to offer at one time or another in his career and yes in Eatonville,.....he did something unthinkable at the time, win 4 consecutive state baseball titles. He's in the Hall of Fame.
Coach Johnson, OJ, surely will be remembered for a lot of things, to a lot of people. Personally, I remember him as my junior high basketball coach at North Forrest. A man, who made sure he motivated and challenged you....while you developed as a young man. He was one of the greatest motivators we'll ever see around here. But mostly,... I'll remember him as a bus driver. Yep, a bus driver.