2012 McDonald’s All American Games coaches announced
Tanya Johnson of Zion-Benton High School in Zion, Ill. will lead the Girls West team and Anne Long of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. will coach the Girls East team for the 2012 McDonaldâ€™s All AmericanGame on on Wednesday, March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.
The 11th Annual Girls Game begins at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Bios of the coaches from the McDonaldâ€™s All American Games:
Tanya Johnson (Girls West) is currently in her 28th season as a head coach and third season as head coach at Zion-Benton High School. She has compiled a record of 634-191 while claiming two IHSA Class AA State Championships (1997 and 1998), seven Sectional Championships and 17 Regional Championships. Johnson is a member of three Hall of Fames including the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA), and has twice been named the IBCA Coach of the Year (1997, 1998). Coach Johnson was also named the 2011 IHSA Coach of the Year after leading Zion-Benton to the state championship game and finishing runner-up. Joining her on the sideline as assistants will be Mary Just (Loyola Academy, Ill.) and Ellen Oâ€™Brian (Downers Grove South High School, Ill).
Anne Long (Girls East) has 36 years of coaching experience and is currently in her fourth season as head coach for the Spring Valley Lady Vikings. She has a career record of 758-183 and has guided her teams to 11 State Championship Games, emerging victorious in six (1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 2009 and 2011). A seven-time South Carolina State Coach of the Year, Long has helped produce more than 100 college basketball players including current McDonaldâ€™s All American, Xylina McDaniel. Following her most recent State Championship in 2011, Coach Long was inducted into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Joining Long on the sideline will be her current assistants Doretha Garland and Gregory Bauldrick.