He was only at Kennard for four seasons but Coach Johnny Carter left a lasting legacy on the Tiger program.
In 1967, he became the head coach in the team won state three out of the four years he was with the school. Carter has two books out on his time at Kennard. The first is "The First Season". His newest book is called "pressing Champions".
"It is how I got involved with the full court press on defense," Carter said. "they were just starving for success and they did everything I asked. This is an East Texas book. We played a lot of teams in the area. Apple Springs, Huntington, Hudson, Central, Groveton, Woden, Frankston, Diboll, Chester, Crockett among others."
Carter joined the school when he was just 23 years-old.
"It was my first job, Carter said. "I thought I had died and gone to basketball heaven. I accomplished my goal at 23. I wanted to go to the state tournament and I did that in my first year. I looked like I was 18."
Carter and the team will reunite at Kennard High School on Saturday June 16 at 10 am. both books will also be available.
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