Hoover, AL – Krystle Johnson, the driving force behind the Hoover girls basketball program, has been named the USA Today High School Sports Awards national girls Coach of the Year, marking a fitting tribute to her exceptional coaching journey. With Johnson at the helm, the Lady Bucs secured their ninth state championship, an astounding achievement that includes an impressive five titles over the past seven years.
A former standout player for the Bucs, Johnson’s coaching acumen has been on full display. Last season, Hoover clinched their third consecutive Class 7A championship, boasting an enviable 35-1 record that underscored their commitment to excellence under Johnson’s guidance.
Her coaching legacy, spanning eleven seasons, paints a picture of consistent success. Johnson’s career record of 321-57 speaks volumes about her ability to mold and lead winning teams, with a remarkable 223-17 record during her impactful seven years at Hoover.
Johnson’s own history as a player significantly contributes to her coaching prowess. A pivotal figure in the 2001 Hoover state championship team, she carried her talents to the collegiate level, competing on the hardwood at both UCLA and Alabama. This unique blend of experiences informs her strategic approach to the game.
After contributing her expertise to the Hoover program as an assistant for five seasons, Johnson ventured to Huntsville High School, taking over as the Panthers head coach in 2012. However, her deep-rooted connection at Hoover led her back to her alma mater as head coach prior to the 2016-2017 season, a decision that laid the foundation for the program’s current successes.
In 2021, Johnson was honored as the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Alabama Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. This recognition was earned through her leadership during the Lady Bucs’ triumphant 2020-21 Class 7A state championship campaign. The award’s criteria, encompassing coaching performance, community engagement, school involvement, and coaching philosophy, mirror Johnson’s comprehensive and dedicated approach.
Johnson’s influence on the Hoover women’s hoops program is undeniable, having contributed as a player in 2001, an assistant coach in 2010 and 2012, and most prominently, as the head coach for the last three titles.
Under the leadership of Coach Krystle Johnson the Lady Bucs’ journey is one marked by determination, growth, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.