GREENFIELD — Proud of his accomplishments with the local youth basketball organization and confident he met his main objectives, Greenfield-Central High School boys basketball coach Josh Johnson resigned Friday.
He was coach for five seasons. Johnson went 27-80 with the Cougars, including 5-18 this winter. Their best season was a 9-12 mark in 2010-11. Johnson’s G-C squads were 0-5 in sectional games.
The Cougars, however, are on the verge of a turnaround, Johnson said. A growing youth league, which Johnson helped establish upon being hired has taken hold in the community, he said.
The Greenfield-Central Youth Boys Basketball organization, which includes the Little Cougar Basketball League and travel teams for older players, had more than 400 participants and 12 officially sponsored travel teams this past season. The Greenfield youth league included 104 members the year before Johnson took over, he said.
Former players in the youth program are now entering the varsity program.
“I will miss our players an incredible amount,” he said. “They’ve been a family to me. I believe in them and, for the last five seasons, we stated that the 2014-15 season would be one of the best in recent school history.”
The married father of a 7-year-old son plans to spend more time with his family while staying on at G-C as a teacher and exploring a career in administration.
Johnson steps down satisfied he did what was asked of him five years ago.
"I was hired to change the basketball program at Greenfield-Central by building character, instilling discipline into the program and by building a youth program," he said. "The kids we have in the program are terrific student-athletes that work hard in the classroom and on the court. They volunteer their time in the community. We do not have players that embarrass the school in any manner.
"I have fully completed the three things I was hired to do here at Greenfield-Central. It is time to turn this great program over to someone else."