If there's one thing Jim Justice doesn't have a lot of, it's time. The millionaire who bought the famed Greenbrier Resort in Sulphur Springs, W. Va., a few years back and immediately poured his money into turning the iconic resort into a destination again, hasn't been able to do much outside his daily task of trying to revive one of America's famed vacation destinations.
But even with the resort, preparing for a yearly PGA Tour golf event, and hosting numerous galas, Justice does leave time for only one other thing in his schedule: making sure he gets to practice on time each day. That would be high school basketball practice.
While Justice may have millions of dollars in the bank, he's been coaching the Greenbrier East (W. Va.) High School girls' basketball team for the last 11 years, while leading the team to a 21-5 record last season and its fifth berth in the state tournament.
You wouldn't think Justice would have time to do anything else with his busy schedule, what with the title of Greenbrier owner and girls high school basketball coach on his resume. But on Wednesday, Justice did something even more incredible -- taking on the job of coaching the boys' team as well.
As WVNS-TV in West Virginia reported, the Greenbrier County Board of Education agreed to let Justice coach the boys, making him the only coach in the state of West Virginina on the AAA level to coach both high school basketball teams.
"A lot of people ask me why," Justice told the Register-Herald. "I really believe that it is easy if you love kids and you love the game. And I love kids, and I love the game."
While having one coach handling both teams isn't ideal, Justice received a ton of support from various levels, including former Greenbrier East basketball player Bimbo Coles, who spent 14 years in the NBA.
"I think Jim is the right person for that job. And if he is the head coach, I want a seat beside him on the bench," Coles told the Herald-Register. "His passion for basketball is like my passion for basketball."
The support, and Justice's love for the community, made the decision a no-brainer. The big question now is how he'll be able to juggle coaching two teams, and oversee a multimillion-dollar resort.