Temeka Johnson departing John Curtis for college assistant job

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Temeka Johnson won state titles in both seasons at John Curtis.

The most dominant girls basketball program in Louisiana over the past decade is in the market for a new head coach.

Temeka Johnson is departing John Curtis Christian School after serving two years as the Lady Patriots’ basketball coach to accept an assistant’s job at Western Kentucky University, school headmaster J.T. Curtis confirmed to Crescent City Sports Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, WKU had not made an announcement of Johnson’s hiring. The Lady Toppers’ program has a storied history, reaching the Women’s Final Four in 1985, 1986 and 1992 among 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Johnson, a native of Kenner, starred at Bonnabel and LSU and went on to play 11 years in the WNBA, earning Rookie of the Year honors on 2005. She won a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2009.

Johnson, who took over for Barbara Farris, had previously served as the head coach at McKinley. Coincidentally, Farris also departed for a college assistant job at Stetson.

After Farris led the Lady Patriots to five state championships in 10 seasons, Johnson kept the championship train rolling, winning Division I state titles in each of her two seasons. Curtis defeated Mount Carmel 43-39 in the 2021 championship game before downing McKinley 67-47 in the title game this past season at the Alario Center in Westwego.

Curtis said a search for Johnson’s successor will begin immediately.

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