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New Austin girls b-ball coach returns home

Posted at: 11/13/2012 6:31 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's been 36 years since Todd Johnson was a student at Austin High School, but his Packer pride never left him, and it's now brought him right back to where he started.

"It's pretty cool. It's awesome to be back in Berven, I'm really excited about being back in here," Johnson said.

Johnson has high expectations for his first season as the Packers head coach, but there is one goal that stands above the rest.

"Pride in being a Packer, that's the biggest thing I want to encourage the girls is just to feel that. To be proud of where you're from and to have that no matter how it goes, that you're always proud to be a Packer," said Johnson.

Pride in your team can translate into hard work and Big 9 titles. Johnson thinks a Big 9 Title is within his team's reach this season.

"We have a lot of experience back," he said on his first practice of the season. "There is a lot of kids that played quite a bit last year and the year before so there is a lot of experience back. We have 7 seniors and right now the leadership has been great throughout. I'm excited. I'm hoping we can do very well."

The former assistant coach no stranger to success. In the last 18 years, he helped Bloomington Jefferson win 3 state titles, and he is confident he can do that here, in his old stomping grounds.