TaNesiah Johnson has returned home to Houston County to become Crockett High School's head coach for volleyball and girls' basketball.
Johnson, a graduate of Kennard High School, was a member of the 2001 Lady Tigers State Championship Basketball Team her senior year. Kennard fans will remember her as Cookie Lamb.
After graduating college in 2005, Johnson began her career as a teacher/coach with the Navasota ISD and remained with the district until coming to Crockett.
"This is basically a coming back home decision. Crockett has an awesome program and a great group of students to work with, so I just want to be part of that and go to the next level," said Johnson.
"I have the love and passion, and I love sharing it with kids through academics and athletics," she added,
Gary Watkins, who has accepted a coaching position at Franklin, leaves behind a highly successful basketball program at Crockett. Watkins also coached volleyball last season.
"My goal is to keep it up and do better," said Johnson.
After high school, Johnson played two years of collegiate basketball at McClennan Community College in Waco where she received her associate degree. She completed her college education at Tarleton State in Stephenville, where she played hoops two years.
Beginning her education career at Navasota, Johnson coached a wide range of sports including volleyball, basketball, track and powerlifting.
Johnson's daughter was born in 2009 and two years later she decided to get out of coaching and move into the administrative area of education.
"I realized I missed coaching, so now I'm getting back in it. I've spent my whole career since '05 at Navasota with seven years of coaching and two years in administration. I'm eager to start my tenth year at Crockett," she said.
ohnson's husband, Brandon Johnson, is a Crockett High School graduate. Their daughter, Aunisti, is four years old.