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J-Mac's Coach, Jim Johnson

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Join us tonight as we welcome Coach Jim Johnson.
Mr. Johnson is famous for telling J-Mac (Jason McElwain) to get in the game several years ago, as McElwain showed the world he was "in the game" all along. Coach Johnson has written a book called A Coach and a Miracle. 
On Feb. 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the simple (and smart) gesture of playing his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac in Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Coach Johnson, also, was featured in major news outlets around the country.
Coach Johnson has made a number of radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows. In 2006 he met President George W. Bush, Governor George Pataki, and Senator Hillary Clinton, to name just a few luminaries. The Athena team was also paid a visit at school by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. J-Mac’s magic moment won the ESPY for “Best Sports Moment” at the ESPN awards show later that year. Coach Johnson was named Coach of the Year in 2006 by several Rochester-area organizations, and was also presented with a National Sportsmanship Award. These honors brought to light an impressive body of work over the past two decades. His career record is now 362-216, with divisional titles in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and again in 2013. He has had winning seasons in 19 of the last 20 years, finishing .500 the other year. Coach Johnson has been helping to make the world a bettter place by inspiring people across the country in his motivational speeches on teamwork, and making dreams come true.