Tim Johnson has resigned after coaching just two seasons at Lincoln County.
It’s definitely not the way Johnson, a 1983 Lincoln County graduate envisioned his tenure would end at his alma mater.
“Throughout my coaching career, my priority hasn’t been the win-loss record, but instead preparing young men for life’s challenges through the great sport of football. Although this coaching philosophy and approach has been successful in turning around several football programs during my career, sometimes you just have to conclude — it just isn’t a good fit. Lincoln County is a very special place and the football program has a storied tradition. I look forward to serving our students in other roles and sincerely wish nothing but success for all future Falcon student-athletes and coaches,” Johnson said.
After leading the Falcons to the Class 5A playoffs in 2018, their
first playoff appearance since 2015, Johnson and the football program have had a very tiring season.
The Falcons started 2-4 through first six games this season but Johnson was suspended before the week seven game with region 5-5A opponent Shelbyville game because of a locker room incident between Johnson and a player.
Lincoln County School Superintdent Bill Heath then tabbed assistant coach Don McNeese the interim head coach for the Falcons last three games of the regular season as Johnson had been reassigned within the district.
“I have accepted the resignation of Tim Johnson as head coach of the Lincoln County High School football program. I am pleased to know that Mr. Johnson wants to continue his employment as a teacher in Lincoln County Schools. Given his experience, knowledge, and character, I know the students of Lincoln County and Lincoln County Schools will benefit from his continued role as a teacher within our system. I want to thank Mr. Johnson for his two years of leading the program, and all the contributions he has made in the past as well. I greatly appreciate his professionalism and character that he has demonstrated regularly in our interactions, even during the tough times, and look forward to a continuation of such,” Heath said.
Lincoln County were outscored 127-7 the last three games and finished 2-8 on the year.
Back in 1982, Johnson, a star All- State football player for the Falcons was voted the Clinic Bowl Most Valuable Player as he helped lead Lincoln County (13-1) to the Class AAA state title with a 13-10 overtime win over Gallatin.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have led Lincoln County’s football program over the last two years. I am especially grateful for the loyal support of my class of ‘83 Falcon teammates, classmates, and LCHS alumni. The assistant coaches deserve a special commendation for their continued dedication for which I hold the deepest of gratitude. I also want to express my love and appreciation to the Falcon football players of the last two seasons. These young men shouldn’t be defined by their win-loss record but by the character and heart they have demonstrated in representing our community. Last but not least, I want to thank the LCHS administration, our teachers and staff, and the student body and Go Falcons,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s record at Lincoln County was 7-10 and his overall coaching record is 66-45 after stops at Franklin (2002-04), Giles County (2005) and BGA (2006-09)
He led Franklin to three Class 5A playoff appearances as the Rebels finished as the 5A runner up to Riverdale in 2004 and BGA made back to back playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.
After leaving BGA, Johnson transitioned into administration as he served as the headmaster at Pulaski Academy (AR) for five years (2010-14) before coming back to Tennessee to be the headmaster at Davidson Academy for three years (2015-17).
Currently there are four schools looking for a head coach they are: Lincoln County, Red Boiling Springs, Siegel and Station Camp
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