Oscar Smith Head Coach Scott Johnson has stepped down (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
After two years leading the Tigers, Head Coach Scott Johnson resigns
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Oscar Smith Football has been a beacon of success after a lot of lean years.
Richard Morgan led the program to new heights from 2002 to 2015. Bill Dee stepped in for the 2016 season before passing away due to cancer in early 2017.
Scott Johnson took the rudder and helmed the program for two seasons. His record was 23-5 over the last two years. Johnson took the Tigers to the State Championship game in 2017 and to the Regional Championship this past fall.Oscar Smith Athletic Director Ray Collins announced the resignation of Johnson on Tuesday evening.
“Scott Johnson has announced that he will be stepping down as the head football coach at Oscar Smith. Coach Johnson has led the Tigers for the last two years as the head coach and was an assistant coach at OS for another 5 years. Throughout that time he has done everything the right way,” Collins said. “His leadership and his vast football knowledge will be missed, but he has left his mark on too many young athletes to count over his 40 year career. The team was notified today in a meeting with Coach Johnson as he continued to lead and encourage the players to strive for success in the classroom as well as on the field. It is this consistent positive modeling that has made Coach Johnson a respected coach throughout the state.”
After 13 seasons with Richard Morgan, the Tigers will be looking for their fourth head coach in five seasons. Coach Johnson leaves the position on excellent terms.
“The job will be posted and we are eager to find the next leader the take the helm of one of the premier football programs in the state. The players are already working in the weight room and preparing for next season’s opener versus defending state champion, Highland Springs,” Collins stated.
Since the program is extremely successful, the administration at Oscar Smith should be able to be highly selective with the hire. Their 2019 opener with Highland Springs will only see the dramatic tension ratchet up, given that Highland Springs comes in as the four-time VHSL Class 5 state champion while a new head coach will be breaking the Tigers in with a highly competitive game.
– Andy Hilton