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Pasco-Hernando Community College picks new athletic director, men's basketball coach

James E. Johnson has been named Pasco-Hernando Community College's new athletic director and head basketball coach.

Johnson comes to PHCC with more than 23 years of experience, and most recently served as head men's basketball coach and athletic director at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. He replaces Bobby Bowman, who is retiring after 20 years at PHCC.

"I feel very excited to be here," Johnson said. "There is a really good coaching staff in every sport and good people on all levels here. I was attracted to (the position) because when I read the job description it felt like a job for me.

"It's a solid program but I would like to bring a little more notoriety to it," he added. "We're not highlighting our kids' accomplishments enough."

Johnson's previous coaching experience includes working at the NAIA, NCAA Division I and semi-professional levels. He was an assistant men's basketball coach at Western Washington University and a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona under Division I coaches Lute Olson and Joan Bonvicini.

RUNNING: The fourth annual RAP River Run will be held Saturday at Sims Park. The event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile run. All proceeds will benefit the Runaway Alternatives Project House in New Port Richey, an organization that provides shelter to kids ages 10 to 17 who are homeless, runaways or in need of short-term out-of-home respite. Cost is $25 for 5K; $20 for the 1-mile run. For information about the RAP River Run, visit or contact event chairwoman Amanda Murphy at (727) 359-2007.

MEMORABILIA: Tampa Bay Rays player Sam Fuld will be at B&L Sports Memorabilia in the Gulf View Square Mall on June 18. Photos, baseballs and bats will be sold, and Fuld will sign autographs and meet fans from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is an autograph fee of $19 for any item. For information, call (727) 848-3600 or visit

FOOTBALL: Wesley Chapel High School will hold its first-ever football summer camp from June 20 to 23. The camps will take place from 8 a.m. to noon and will cost $65 per participant. Athletes are encouraged to bring cleats, shorts, a T-shirt and socks. For information, contact coach Ben Alford at

MORE FOOTBALL: The Crews Lake Cowboys will host football and cheer camps June 13, 14 and 16 at Robert Logan Field in Spring Hill. The camps will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and will cost $15 per participant, a fee that will include a T-shirt. Fundamental skills will be emphasized for both sports, along with teamwork, sportsmanship, self-esteem and nutrition. Both experienced players and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Cheerleading participants need to bring sneakers and a towel and are encouraged to wear shorts and a T-shirt. For information, call (352) 556-8380 or visit

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex holds Saturday morning open gym volleyball for ages 18 and up. The open courts run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are free of charge. Both teams and individuals are welcome to join. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

ZUMBA: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex is also hosting Zumba classes taught by instructor Marlene Acosta from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $5 per person and is open to everyone. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

DANCE: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex will have dance lessons from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays for ages 16 and up. The cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

BASEBALL: The Baseball Developmental Institute will host a three-week hitting camp starting June 20. The camp will be held at 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and is for athletes ages 9-20. The cost is $125. Register at 11801 State Road 52, No. 1, Hudson. For information, call (727) 534-4510 or e-mail

Contact David Rice at

Pasco-Hernando Community College picks new athletic director, men's basketball coach 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 8:18pm]
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