New Lake Belton basketball coach 'thrilled' at opportunity

Published: Apr. 6, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT
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In the sports coaching lifestyle, packing your bags is considered the norm if there's a change of scenery involved.

For Lake Belton's inaugural boys basketball coach Zane Johnston, he'll have an opportunity to keep his family where he's been for more than a decade.

"This is a perfect scenario," Johnston said. "My twin five-year olds will be in kindergarten next year and we get to continue to keep them in the Belton school district. We have such respect for BISD and the way they approach education."

Johnston, whose final three years of playing basketball came at Mary-Hardin-Baylor after a stop at Texas A&M-Commerce, spent the past eight years as an assistant coach on Ken DeWeese's staff at UMHB.

Lake Belton will feature only freshmen and sophomores when school begins later this year. Despite the youth, Johnston plans on using prior experience with college recruiting as a way to manage his roster.

"We're going to approach it as a positive thing. It's a unique situation," Johnston said. "The majority of the teams we'll be playing will have juniors and seniors. These guys will take it day-by-day and we'll worry about our own improvements."

Because of the uncertainty around when he'll actually be able to coach his future athletes in person, Johnston is reminding them to be proactive while training individually.

"If you have a basketball in your driveway, work on your ballhandling," Johnston said. "If you have a goal, shoot. If you don't have either, then work on your body. Push-ups, sit-ups, (there's) no excuse not to be doing something active and not be better than our competitors. I challenge you to find a way to put the work in and have 212 mentality."

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