Legendary coach returns to Kennard for book signing

Coach Johnny Carter
Coach Johnny Carter

A legendary East Texas basketball coach returned to the high school gym where it all started more than 40 years ago.

Coach Johnny Carter led the Kennard boys to state titles during the first years of integration in 1967, 1968, and 1970.

Carter wrote a book about that first title. A Dallas company recently published "The First Season" and he held his first book signing in the Tiger gym Saturday morning. Players of those winning teams were recognized.

He said a former player gave him the idea to write the novel after watching the movie "Hoosiers."

"This was such a special memory for me," said Carter. "I come in this gym, I come back here and the memories are flowing right now."

Carter now teaches health and coaches cross country for Madisonville Independent School District.

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