Terry Johnson has taken charge of the boys basketball program at Enumclaw High Sshool Photo by Kevin Hanson.

Enumclaw High School welcomes new basketball coach

Terry Johnson, with 19 years of coaching basketball to his credit, has taken the reins of the Enumclaw High boys hoop program.

Terry Johnson, with 19 years of coaching basketball to his credit, has taken the reins of the Enumclaw High boys hoop program.

The Hornet post was appealing, he said, primarily due to the program’s solid tradition of play on the court and support from the community.

Johnson met his squad for the first time last week and is spending this week with his players at summer camp on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg.

Johnson most recently coached college players as an assistant to the mens team at St. Martin’s University and, prior to that, coached one season in Tennessee. But he’s no stranger to prep programs in the immediate vicinity.

After working at the University of Washington and Pierce College and making a brief stop at Prairie High in Southwest Washington, Johnson’s first head job was as the boys coach at Lake Washington High School. He ran the program from 2003 to 2009 and, while in Kirkland, he led his team to two Kingco Division championships and four playoff appearances. He left to take the girls basketball coaching job at Auburn Riverside High where led the Ravens to a 69-11 record during three seasons and guided the girls to a pair of South Puget Sound League North 4A titles and a West Central District championship.

He departed to take the boys basketball job at Auburn Mountainview High, where he led his team to a 2012-13 league championship and made the district quarterfinals in 2013-14. He finished his tenure with a 23-25 record before moving, for family reasons, to Tennessee.

He coached Centennial High for one season before the family returned to Washington. He spent last season as a St. Martin’s assistant while looking for a permanent job.

Johnson said Hornet fans can expect to see an emphasis on defense while he’s in charge.

“We’ll be a great defensive team,” he said. “We’ll expose weaknesses in our opponents and then take advantage of those.”

When the Hornets have the ball, he said, “we’ll focus on great execution and getting great shots.”

Johnson will be shuttling in two directions during the coming school year, with his Bonney Lake home in the middle. While landing the coaching position at EHS, he was hired as a teacher at Rogers High School in the Puyallup district.

More in Sports

Hornet wrestlers take honors at WR Classic

Two White River competitors came away with placing first in their weight class.

Mix of varsity experience, newcomers dot winter rosters at Enumclaw, White River

White River’s boys wrestling is now full of experienced seniors, and an Enumclaw swimmer is looking to make another splash this year.

Eleven former Spartans on collegiate football rosters

From Eastern Washington to the Dakotas, former Sumner High School student athletes are making names for themselves while continuing their education.

Sumner, Bonney Lake athletes spring into winter season

The Panthers wrestling team is looking to be the top school in the Tacoma Dome this year.

Three local wrestlers in national rankings

White River’s Stroud sits at No. 4 in the country.

Athletes make their futures official, sign with colleges

Students from White River, Sumner, and Bonney Lake are ready for the next step in their education and athletics.

Enumclaw, Bonney Lake represent at state swim championships

A Hornet relay team placed 15th, while a Panther was outed in the preliminaries.

Three local teams bounced in first round of state soccer playoffs

Bonney Lake, White River and Sumner went out early in postseason this year.

White River eighth in 2A state volleyball

The Hornets stated the tournament facing an old enemy, the Fife Trojans.

State cross country meet included runners from all four local programs

Check out how area athletes did in Pasco last weekend.

Buckley’s Roberts joins PLU Athletic Hall of Fame

Roberts was once coached at Sumner High School, before joining up with Enumclaw.

White River in state volleyball, Bonney Lake aims for 3A berth

The Enumclaw Hornets took two losses, ending their season at the West Central/Southwest District tournament.