Robin Johnson hasn’t been on a high school bench since her five-year head-coaching stint at Black Hills from 2007-’12, but the former Tenino High and Saint Martin’s standout has still found her niche coaching Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams for her self-titled 90Ten Basketball Academy.
That’s helped build Johnson’s brand to more than just basketball. Early next year, she’ll open 90Ten Training Academy, a multi-purpose facility that will include AAU boys and girls basketball programs, in addition to her Tumwater-based fitness and sports psychology studio, which launched in 2011.
The approximate 10,000-square-foot complex, located by 8108 River Drive in Tumwater, is set to open Jan. 1, 2015.
Johnson said the complex will feature a basketball court, fitness studio, locker rooms, and she’s already planning long-term for more basketball courts and more sports offerings.
She called the academy “a well-rounded approach” to skill training, making it a unique offering for South Sound boys and girls from fourth grade through high school. For the past three years, she’s ran 90Ten Basketball Academy.
“My dream is to be one, large family,” Johnson said.
Johnson said she hopes to have between eight and 10 basketball teams for boys and girls.
Her coaches on staff include local products Chelsea Haskey (Black Hills High School graduate), Julia Eisentrout (Olympia), Heidi Patterson and Heather Davis (Tumwater) and Salvo Coppa, who has WNBA, international, and NCAA Division I coaching experience.
“We have amazing coaches lined up,” Johnson said. “These kids are getting a huge opportunity.”