The Battle of the Goats… it is a showdown you will NOT want to miss and it will all be going down at the Carmel Christian Tip-Off in November. Coach Freddy Johnson and Coach Steve Smith match up on the court, as two of the top high school coaches throughout the country will be on the sidelines. Both coaches have racked up over 1,000+ wins each and both are Hall of Fame coaches.
But this is also a battle of two high-profile programs between Oak Hill and Greensboro Day. Oak Hill once again will bring in high-level talent, many you will see playing at the next level. Players like Chris Livingston (Kentucky), Caleb Foster (Duke), Devin Ree (LSU), Jeremy Gregory (ETSU), Judah Mintz (Pittsburgh), Christian Reeves, Jordan Marsh, Tybo Bailey, and others will be on the court for Oak Hill, while Michael Zanoni (Mercer), Nikolas Graves (Charlotte), CJ Collins, Jackson Noble, Jaydon Young, Julius Reese Jr., Graham Worland, Addison Newkirk, and others will be suiting up for Greensboro Day.
Talent will be all over the floor and two of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game at the high school level will be on the sidelines… obviously, this is a must-see game and part of a loaded event at the Carmel Christian Tip-Off in November.
Just check out the resumes of the two Hall of Fame coaches below:
Freddy Johnson (Greensboro Day)
- Career Record: 1,104-306
- Holds the record for most wins of any North Carolina public or private high school basketball coach.
- 11 state championships, with the latest coming in 2019
- 19 appearances as a state finalist in the NCISAA
- 28 conference championships
- 17 HAECO Invitational Tournament Titles
- 24 Conference Coach of the Year awards
- 2015 USA Today Coach of the Year in North Carolina
- 2016-17 BallisLife National Coach of the Year
- 2020 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball
- 2020 MaxPreps Top 100 High School Coaches
- Coached eight All-Star Games
Steve Smith (Oak Hill)
- 37th Year as Head Coach and Athletic Director
- 39th Year at OHA; Served first two years as an assistant coach & teacher
- Career Coaching Record 1199-91 in 37 Years as OHA Head Coach
- Winning percentage of .942 ranks the highest in high school history
- 3-Time Naismith High School Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2015)
- 4-Time USA Today High School Coach of the Year (1994, 1999, 2004, 2012)
- Guided nine teams to National Championships (1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016)
- 7 National Runner-Up Teams (1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2015)
- Achieved 8 40-win seasons (2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18)
- Enjoyed 65-game win streak (2000-02)
- Coached 33 McDonald’s All Americans
- Coached 34 NBA Draftees
- Coached over 220 Division I Student-Athletes
- Served as Head Coach for High School All Star Games