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Kaneland boys basketball coach Brian Johnson reacts to action on the court during the Knights' 66-54 loss to Rockford East on Tuesday night. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
To say Brian Johnson was flattered is an understatement.
“I didn’t put in for it, they approached me and asked if I’d be interested,” the Kaneland boys basketball coach said of the offer to coach an upcoming all-star game he received from Illinois Basketball Coaches Association officials when he was downstate last weekend.
“It was kind of a no-brainer. It’s just an honor to be thought of.”
Johnson, who has compiled a 67-42 record with two Northern Illinois Big 12 East titles and one regional crown in his four years at Kaneland, will direct the North team in the IBCA Class 3A-4A All-Star Game June 29 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
An all-star game featuring graduated seniors from Classes 1A and 2A will be held the same night. Johnson isn’t sure who will coach the opposing South All-Stars.
“It’s really special, looking at the coaches who have done it before like the Jim Harringtons (of Elgin) of the world and Coach (Todd) Sutton of Neuqua Valley last year. I can only dream of being as qualified as much as those guys.”
Johnson served as an assistant coach at both Dundee-Crown and West Aurora before moving to Kaneland.