Sand Creek High School announced the resignation of girls' basketball coach BJ Johnson, Monday, Aug. 22. Johnson has accepted a position with the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association as director of scouting.
"With much thought and consideration I have decided to leave USA Basketball for a position with the Brooklyn Nets," said Johnson. "I will be leaving Colorado Springs and thus will not be able to return to Sand Creek this year."
Johnson guided the Lady Scorpions to the state semi-finals and a 24-2 record during the 2015-2016 campaign, his first as head coach. Evergreen beat Sand Creek in the semi-final contest. It was the second straight Final 4 appearance for the District 49 program. Johnson served the previous two years as an assistant coach.
"I will dearly miss the amazing young women and this school, but believe the program will continue to maintain its high standard of excellence," said Johnson. "With those returning and new additions, I'm excited to continue to follow our program from afar. I will always be a Scorpion."
Jared Felice, SCHS athletic director, said that a nationwide search is underway for the program's next coach.
"This is a tremendous, once in a lifetime opportunity for BJ, and we wish him well in his next endeavor with the Brooklyn Nets," Felice said. "Coach Johnson has greatly contributed to the sustainability of success our girls basketball program has enjoyed over many years and we will continue to hold high expectations for the future of our program."
Felice said he hopes to complete the search and hire a new coach in the next month. "Sand Creek is a winning program with a rich basketball tradition," he said, "we have high expectations for the program moving forward and our next girls' basketball coach will be someone that strives for greatness both on and off the court."