Dominique Kelley-Johnson is now giving back to the game she grew up playing in Lincoln.
The former State Player of the Year at Lincoln Northeast and member of the Nebraska women’s basketball team was hired this week to be the new girls basketball coach at Lincoln High.
Kelley-Johnson takes over a Links program that won a district championship and reached the Class A tournament last month, which ended a 14-year drought.
In a Twitter post Wednesday, Kelley-Johnson said. “I can’t wait to compete & teach young women the value of working hard, discipline and competitive excellence.” She added, “more than anything I can’t wait to impact lives & push them to be the very best in ALL FACETS of LIFE!”
As a prep star at Northeast, Kelley-Johnson lettered four years and help the Rockets to three state tournament appearances. That included the 2005 Class A championship and a runner-up finish in 2006. As a Husker, she ranks 17th in career scoring, sixth in career field goals and was named honorable mention all Big 12 in 2010.
Since returning to Lincoln, Kelley-Johnson has been working in LPS’ re-engagement program.
Kelley-Johnson is a good hire for Lincoln High because she can bring her experiences as a player at Northeast and Nebraska, along with her coaching experience at Nebraska and Drake and mold that into something that can make the Links' girls program into a destination.
Despite some alleged issues that happened off the court with a former head coach, Lincoln High saw a big turn around under interim coach Richard Jackson (who is retiring at the end of the school year). With Kelley-Johnson stepping in, that can ever so much increase the momentum.
I think when late November rolls around, don't be surprised to see the Lincoln High girls get some preseason love in the ratings.
BASEBALL AND FACEBOOK LIVE
Something new we tried last week was webstreaming the Lincoln Northeast-Lincoln High baseball game and for short notice, it turned out to be a pretty good deal.
Albeit the audio sounds sped up at the beginning of the stream, it ended up being normal quality the rest of the way. It's part of an effort we're trying in getting more people to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, plus makes it easier for those who simply can't get to our website in a timely manner and can just click on our Facebook/Twitter pages to listen into the action.
The East/Northeast game gets underway at 5pm, with a stream time of 4:50 on LincolnPrepSports.com, on our UStream app and Facebook page.
We're planning to do the same thing for this Friday's Class B top ten showdown between Norris and Waverly.
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