Coach Avery Johnson
National Speaker and former NBA Head Coach
Whether on the court, in the locker room, or at the podium, Coach Avery Johnson’s commitments to leadership and responsibility impact those around him. Nicknamed the “Little General” during his time playing point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, he has carried these hallmarks of his character into his coaching career and speaking engagements.
Coach Johnson’s career includes such honors as multiple NCAA records and an NBA championship win with the Spurs. He became the 75th player in NBA history to play over 1,000 career games. While coaching the Dallas Mavericks, he was named the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year. He now works as an NBA Analyst for ESPN.
Beyond the success of his world-class athlete and coaching status, Coach Johnson’s mission is to make a positive impact on middle and high school youth, encouraging them to make good choices in life and stay in school. He has spoken to over 100,000 students across the nation.
Coach Johnson is known for his impactful and motivational speeches. He brings just as much passion into his speaking engagements as he does to the game of basketball. Book one of Coach Avery Johnson’s school programs to motivate your students to excel in their academic achievement and build positive attitudes that will help them succeed both inside and outside of the classroom
Reviews of Coach Avery Johnson's Programs
“His speech made me think differently about my circle of friends and how they have influenced me. Also, how I need to give 100% in everything I do.” ~High School student “He helped me see that no matter how hard life gets, you can’t let bad influences get the best of you.” ~High School Junior “ He was an exceptional speaker. He spoke to us about how to ‘fight the right way.’ Avery Johnson was very avid about the phrase ‘failure is not final.’ I enjoyed his speech.” ~Student
“I know his message helped our students, but also know that just hearing him gives hope and encouragement to our teachers who work so hard with a rather hopeless population. His message of resilience is powerful for students, but for teachers to hear, ‘Three words changed my life forever’ helps to drive home the point to teachers how powerful their words are to students each and every day. Encouraging words to students can absolutely change lives.” ~Cheryl Roemmele, School Counselor, DeLay Middle School
“Coach Johnson delivered a very vital message Failure is not Final. He was engaging and honest using himself as a real life example. At the very outset he got the student’s attention with his brief video. The student audience responded well to some of the questions and observations coach Johnson posed. His presentation was very befitting to our unique student population.” ~Oliver Burbidge, Jr., M.Ed. Principal Excel Academy-JJC
“Our school truly enjoyed the visit from Avery Johnson. He impacted the students as much as he motivated the teachers. It was great that he was honest and discussed his struggles in college and that it only takes one person to believe in you, and your destiny WILL change!” ~Stonie Arbuckle, Assist. Principal Carter High School, Dallas, Tx
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