Johnson Takes Coaching Talents to Evergreen After Success At Milwaukie

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

News tonight out of  Milwaukie, Oregon that we wanted to share.  The Mustangs football team will be looking or a new Football Coach once again after Head Coach Don Johnson put in his notice today.  As unexpected as that was it is clear to see that the big man left a real impact there for the Mustangs.

Coach Johnson was a passionate and positive influence as Milwaukie HS and brings College and NFL experiences with him as a Coach.

Coach Johnson was a passionate and positive influence as Milwaukie HS and brings College and NFL experiences with him as a Coach.

The team had a break through year under Johnson’s leadership making it to the playoffs and winning more games then they had in quite a few years.  The 2012 Mustangs were a talented bunch and Johnson brought some top collegiate and NFL experienced assistant coaches to the squad.

We ran a story ion April on Johnson, his background in football, and his plans for Milwaukie.  Your going to be bale to read that here.  The Will To Win At Milwaukie Starts With New Coach.

Now if your from the GSHL Football League and especially if your an Evergreen High School Football supporter you sure might want to read that story.  Because Johnson is bringing his experience and his passion to the school.  The Plainsmen were the 2004 State Champions and he wants to help them get back to that level.

“The Milwaukie job was great.  And truly this was unexpected in many ways.  But the opportunity is to move from an 1,100 student population to a 2,600 student population and move up to the highest bracket.  The school can be a Title contender and that is what I am planning to do,” said Johnson who will be given more budget and support to work with  as well.

He continued, “I will be able to bring in as many as 10 assistant coaches and have a small stipend to offer them for all the hours it takes.   The facilities are terrific and overall this is the sort of job that just does not come along very often.   It was better I moved now then later.”

His time at Milwaukie was productive and the school saw 3 or 4 kids move on to the collegiate ranks and seems will positioned for the future,

“The Mustangs were great to work with.  I loved all our players and staff.  I wish them nothing but the best.  This was just something I needed to do for a couple of reasons but mainly the opportunity and the challenge was the main factor.  They have great students and my sense is we are going to be able to do some good things there.”

The GSHL is tough.  As tough as any league in Washington with the likes of powerhouse Skyview, Union, and Camas among others.  But Johnson knows his style of play and energy will fit right in and he likes the road ahead.

“It will be a lot of fun to start this chapter and get moving.”

It may be a few months for him to finish up at Milwaukie and move over to Evergreen but he is already putting together his transition team.  This will sure be an interesting dynamic to watch.  Best wishes to Coach Johnson, Milwaukie, and to Evergreen too as this all plays out!

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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