Academy Sports + Outdoors Names Sam Johnson Executive Vice President, Retail Operations

KATY, TEXAS (April 7, 2017) – Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, appointed Sam Johnson as its Executive Vice President of Retail Operations, effective April 24, 2017.

Sam, 50, joins Academy after seven years with hhgregg, Inc. (“hhgregg”) where he most recently served as Chief Retail Officer. At hhgregg, Sam led store operations, customer relations, commercial sales, real estate and visual merchandising. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in various leadership roles with Sears Holding Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Health from East Tennessee State University.

“I’m thrilled to join the Academy Sports + Outdoors team,” says Sam Johnson. “I believe in Academy’s everyday low price approach, community and customer focus. On behalf of the more than 20,000 store team members, we look forward to continuing to elevate our game on behalf of customers and local communities for years to come.

In his new role, Sam will oversee the day-to-day operations of Academy’s more than 225 stores as well as lead the store support team.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Sam to the team,” says J.K. Symancyk, Academy Sports + Outdoors President and CEO. “Sam’s vast leadership experience and deep roots in retail store operations only adds to an incredible roster of a talented senior leadership team that is focused on making it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor, and recreation lifestyle retailer with a unique assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4.7 billion company operates over 225 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a unique selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,,, and

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