TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) welcomed home one of its sons to lead the men’s basketball program. Clemon Johnson was officially presented to alumni, fans and family at a pep rally and press conference in his honor. The world-famous Marching “100” and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) coed Champions Cheerleaders were on hand to add to the excitement
Johnson was a star basketball player for the Rattlers from 1974 to 1978. He was an All-SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and All-American selection his senior year at FAMU with several of his records still standing to this day. Johnson went on to a solid career in the NBA, winning a world championship with the Philadelphia 76ers. He later started coaching in the high school ranks before being hired at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
FAMU Interim Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson presided over the event. FAMU Director of Athletics Derek Horne gave the welcome from the FAMU Athletic Department and FAMU President James H. Ammons welcomed the crowd of nearly 300 and introduced new head basketball coach Clemon Johnson.
Horne was excited to have the search completed and a Rattler hired to guide the team.
“It’s a great day for not only FAMU, but our athletic department,” said Horne. “We have an alum coming back to the hill that we think will do a great job for us.”
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