Johnson isn't a native of Beaver County, but in three years
at Geneva College he earned the right to be called a county
legend through his ability on the basketball court.
Spinny's story is unique and ongoing.
Despite standing 5'-4", he excelled on the hardwood and has
parlayed that into an award-winning career as a motivational
From Frederick, MD, Spinny led his high
school team to the state championship game in 1970. After
spending a year at Lock Haven in 1971-72, he transferred to
Geneva and promptly lifted the program to great heights.
The Geneva cagers were coming off of a
gloomy five-year run when Spinny arrived. He transformed the
Golden Tornadoes from a six-win season in his first year to
19 and 22 wins in his final two years. So good was his play
that he was named to the PA District 18 all-star team as a
junior and senior, and earned MVP honors at several
tournaments. Spinny was also named a Small College
All-American those last two years. For his career, he
finished with 1,656 points, ranking third all-time in Geneva
history at that time. He averaged 18.3 points and seven
assists, leading the team in points, assists and steals all
His dazzling all-around play caught the
eye Meadowlark Lemon and Marques Haynes. When the former
Globetrotters started their own comedy basketball teams,
Spinny spent time with each. He played with them for over a
three-year period. One of his teammates during that time was
the great Wilt Chamberlain.
Since 1984, Spinny, who graduated from
Geneva with a degree in psychology, started his own one-man
show, "On the Ball Spinny." He visits schools and other
events, performing an upbeat, dynamic program which features
fun and amazing skills while teaching the importance of
education, respect, goal setting, determination, and
perseverance. The performance has had extensive exposure in
conjunction with Nancy Reagan's Drug Awareness Program.
Living in Montgomery County his entire
life, Spinny and his wife Kathy are the parents of three
daughters: Jenelle, Caitlin, and Anisa. In 2012, Spinny was
inducted into the Lincoln Park, Rockville, MD, Hall Of Fame.
Besides his extensive schedule traveling
throughout the nation with his message, he also substitute
teaches in Montgomery County, MD. And it has all resulted
from his days at Geneva as a standout student-athlete.