Coach Jim Johnson

Congratulations to Anthony Lamb!

What makes him great?

One of the greatest joys of being a coach is witnessing former players experience success.  Anthony Lamb, the 2018-19 America East Player of the Year, is doing just that.  Anthony is currently averaging 21.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG as a junior at the University of Vermont.  He lead the Catamounts to a regular season and conference tournament title this season, and will play the 4-seed, Florida State Seminoles in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at 2:00pm EST.  Make sure to tune in and watch!  After coaching Anthony for four years, I wanted to dedicate the #CJJblog this week to him and outline what I believe makes him great.  Enjoy!

  • Passion.  Anthony shows great passion and is constantly learning.  He quickly became a student of the game and fell in love with the sport of basketball at a young age.  How do you gauge passion in a player?
  • Desire.  Anthony always wants to be the best.  He put in tremendous work off the court on his body to get into top physical condition.  His desire to always improve rubbed off on his teammates as well.  He is a true gym rat and always got in extra work before and after practice.
  • Screw peer pressure.  He knows who he is and didn’t surround himself with people who could interfere with that.  He asked himself “Who can help me?” and spent time with those who could.  Do you hang out with the right crowd?
  • Outstanding person.  Anthony is a great person both on and off the court.  He proved this from day one that I met him.  Everything from his High School Senior Ball to how he interacts with his teammates, he does with class.
  • Lead by example.  He always showed his teammates his dedication through his actions.  Sprints and pacer drills in practice were where he shined brightest, which is unusual for a kid of his size (6’8” – 220 lbs).  Anthony never took a day off and I could not be happier for him and the success he is experiencing today.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be sharing his Leadership presentation at Smola Consulting Morning Wellness of Rochester on March 28th.

Life Tip #22:  Be happy, but don’t be satisfied