Kerry Johnson has been promoted to the top spot at York Institute, his Alma mater.
“This is my high school dream job, to come back to my alma mater and be the head coach. I just want to thank the administration here for entrusting me with this program. I know as well as anyone what this team means to this community,” Johnson said.
Johnson, a 1983 York graduate has been the Dragons offensive coordinator the last three seasons in Jamestown and replaces Derwin Wright who resigned and is now the York Institute Director of Facilities.
“York Institute is proud to introduce Mr. Kerry Johnson as the new head football coach at York Institute. From numerous applicants and several interviews, Coach Johnson was selected to lead the Dragon football program,” York Institute Athletic Director Bruce Willingham said.
“Coach Johnson has several years of coaching experience including head coaching experience that elevated him to this top position. He will be replacing Mr. Derwin Wright, who will remain in his current administrative position at York Institute. York Institute would like to thank Coach Wright for his many years of service to the athletic department at York and we wish Coach Johnson much success.”
In 16 years as head coach of the Dragons in three different tenures (1997-2008, 2014 and 2017-19) under Wright, York made the playoffs nine times (2001, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Class 3A and 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 in 2A) and his overall record is 93-82.
The Dragons are coming off a 3-8 record in which they made the 3A playoffs losing in the first round to Loudon.
Before coming back to York, Johnson was the head football at Lake Mead Academy in Las Vegas for two seasons (2015-16) and led the team to the Class 2A playoffs in 2016.
Currently there are six schools looking for a head coach they are: East Nashville, Fairley, Fayette Ware, Shelbyville, Whites Creek and Whitwell
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