The search to replace a five-time state championship basketball coach at John Curtis didn’t take long.
In a press release from the school on Thursday (June 25) it was announced Temeka Johnson, the all-time career assist leader in LSU women’s basketball history, will take over the Patriots’ girls program for Barbara Farris, who announced last month she was leaving to become an assistant at Stetson University.
Johnson, 37, a four-time All-State guard at Bonnabel High in the late 1990s and early 2000s, most recently was girls basketball coach at McKinley in Baton Rouge, where she led the Panthers to the Division I semifinals last season. She spent more than a decade in professional basketball after four years as a starter at LSU.
In the WNBA, Johnson scored more than 2,500 points and had more than 300 steals.
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She has big shoes to fill in Farris, who was 278-54 in 10 seasons at the helm, led the Patriots to the 2012 Class 2A state title and then winning all four Division I state championships from 2017 to 2020.
John Curtis girls athletic director Kristy Hebert, who coached girls basketball for the Patriots and Riverside for 17 years had been named interim coach, but instead will resume her administrative duties.
Johnson begins teaching and coaching at the River Ridge school “immediately,” the release said, and will oversee all facets of the girls basketball program, which runs from fifth grade through the varsity prep team.