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Johnson tabs Pickell as new boys basketball coach

Johnson High has tabbed Brandon Pickell as its new boys basketball coach, as announced Friday in a new release. 

The hire of Pickell, who served as an assistant coach at Lanier High the past two years, awaits school board approval.

“Brandon Pickell has a deep understanding of the game of basketball and the character it takes to be successful in the classroom, on the court and in life,” Johnson principal Stan Lewis said in the news release. “We are fortunate to have him guiding our young men and the JHS boys basketball program.”

While Pickell was on staff with the Longhorns, they won the first playoff game in school history.  Before coaching at Lanier, Pickell spent five years at North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw, helping the program to three state semifinal appearances and two state championships.

Pickell has also coached at Central Gwinnett High and Summerour Middle.

“I am tremendously excited and honored to accept the head coaching position at Johnson,” Pickell said in the news release.  “My family and I love this community and are very excited to further set roots inside Hall County.”

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