Full-court press: White Castle names basketball court in honor of former coach Johnson

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Former White Castle basketball coach Ronald Johnson speaks during a presentation in his honor on Friday night that included the naming of the court after him. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

WHITE CASTLE – The Community of White Castle and White Castle High School honored the career accomplishments of retired head basketball coach Ronald "Sam" Johnson and assistant coach Joseph "Joe" Jones on Friday night during the Bulldogs' District 8-1A matchup with Ascension Catholic.

The basketball court in White Castle's gymnasium was also named in honor of Johnson as former players lined it during the presentation.

"When you say White Castle, you say a lot," Johnson said. "We came in great numbers and I want to salute the basketball players here tonight because without them, none of this would be possible. Every game we played, we left our sweat, heart, blood and tears on this court."

Johnson coached the Bulldogs from 1987-2012 and posted a 678-249 overall record.

"They say statistics is a mathematical science," Iberville Parish Superintendent Dr. P. Edward Cancienne Jr. said. "You have filled this gymnasium with many banners that say so much about winning but more than that is what you have done for these young men that love you so much. You have shaped their lives and established Christian principals and now this is forever the Ronald Johnson Court."

During Johnson's tenure, White Castle won three state championships in 1991, 2002 and 2011 and were state runners-up six times in 1992, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012.

"We are indebted to the work these two coaches have done," Louisiana High School Coaches Association director Gary Duhe said. "Their teams were always very well prepared. We just hope they continue to mentor young coaches to do the job the right way and mold teenagers into men."

The Bulldogs also won 20 district titles over the 25-year tenure.

"I didn't get much opportunity to do things with my kids but I am taking a whole lot of time doing things with my grandchildren now," Johnson said.