BY Scottie Brown
The Greenville Standard
Greenville native and former Fort Dale coach William Johnson has been named athletic director for Auburn’s Lee-Scott Academy. Johnson was previously the varsity boys’ basketball coach and co-offensive coordinator for the school’s football team but is now eager to see how he can assist in growing the athletic program for Lee-Scott in his new position.
“This is something I take very seriously, and it’s something I want to not just be personally successful in, but make the school successful, too,” Johnson said. “It’s not about me; it’s much bigger than me. It means the world to be to be able to impact so many through my athletic leadership. I want our kids to have the best experience they can have and get them there that way 20 years down the road, my phone rings, and I have kids coming back to Lee-Scott because of the impact it made on them.”
Johnson said he had taken influence from many of his previous coaches growing up in Greenville, but also used his experience with Fort Dale to push himself to athletic director.
“Fort Dale was very instrumental in shaping me for who I am as far as a coach and hopefully an athletic director,” Johnson said. “The Greenville community has been very supportive, and I still look to Greenville as home. It’s where I’m from; it’s where I grew up. It’s where my first kid was born.”
Johnson will assume his new position beginning July 1 and he said he hopes to continue to be a pillar in not just the Lee County community, but the counties surrounding them.
“I would like to improve our fundraising and facilities, but I would also like to improve communication throughout our athletic department dealing with the community and parents,” Johnson said. “I would like to continue establishing a line of communication for the community.
“We’ve started this effort at the end of this last year with our previous athletic director. I just want to give our kids the best. I want to give our athletes at Lee-Scott the best experience they have. I want athletes from all around to come and play at Lee-Scott because of what we can provide for them.”