ATASCADERO — The Atascadero High School Greyhounds basketball team has hired a new varsity head basketball coach, Augie Johnston, as they head into the Central Section next year, and will play in a league that looks much different from the one they played in this year.
Johnston graduated from Atascadero in 2004 before playing for Cal State Monterey Bay, starting for two years, and then playing professionally in Germany. Since Johnston has finished playing basketball professionally, he has dedicated his life to teaching it. Johnston has a YouTube channel called “Baller Boot Camp” where he posts instructional videos, some that have upwards of sixty thousand views.
Johnston runs basketball camps, including the one that will be happening at the end of this month (Baller Hoop Camp from June 25-28; register online) for kids of all ages and is passionate about building this community love for the game.
When asked what he wants to see change around the program Johnston replied, “I really want to see more youth outreach. I want to see more kids at the games and more ball boys. The camps, I want to know the kids and I want to build relationships from fourth grade on up. We are also building a club program for Atascadero, we have four teams right now so that is going to be a part of the equation moving forward.”
Johnston coached Atascadero’s freshman team last year and they excelled, finishing the season 17-7. The new coach is also a new a teacher and accepted a job teaching computer science at Atascadero High School earlier this year.
Next year, Atascadero is moving into the Central Section and the PAC 8 and Los Padres League will no longer exist. All of the high school teams from Paso to Pioneer Valley will make up the Central Coast Athletic Conference, which will be divided into two leagues, the Mountain League and the Coastal League. Depending on how well certain schools do in certain sports will determine if they are in the Mountain or Coastal League.
Next season, Atascadero’s basketball team will play in the Coastal league against Templeton, Morro Bay, Santa Maria, Nipomo and Orcutt Academy.
As far as philosophy goes, Johnston wants the Greyhounds to adopt a more modern style of play where players can move freely from inside to out in a sort of “positionless” method. “It is going to be very similar to what Tamelier (Atascadero High School Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tamelier) used to run,” Johnston said. “I am a big Tamelier fan. It is going to be positionless basketball where everyone can play inside and outside and we want to play fast.”