Mt. Vernon has hired its fourth baseball coach in as many years.
Scott Johnson was approved by the Mt. Vernon School Board earlier this week. Johnson was one of nine applicants for the position.
Former MV coach Dustin Glant resigned in September after posting a 10-16 record in one season at the helm. Glant was a former professional pitcher who did not have any prior coaching experience.
Johnson coached at Hamilton Southeastern for the past four seasons before resigning in August. He had been at Angola for 14 years before moving on to HSE.
“It will be nice to have an experienced person,” said Mt. Vernon Superintendent Bill Riggs.
Brian Johnson, who headed the 2010 Mt. Vernon junior varsity team, coached MV travel teams from 2007-10 and is currently with the Indiana Bulls, was interviewed along with Nick Blomeke, presently the head coach of the Hoosier Diamond Trojans U15-U17 travel team.
The interview committee consisted of Bernie Campbell (principal), Greg Roach (co-athletic director), Derek Shelton (co-athletic director), Doug Peacock (former coach and faculty member), Randy Wilson (former baseball coach and faculty member), Todd Walrod (parent representative) as well as five current seniors on the baseball team.
The seniors met the interviewed candidates and gave the prospective coaches a tour of Mt. Vernon’s indoor facilities.
Last season, the 43-year-old Johnson led HSE to a 19-11 record and a fourth-place finish in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
At Angola, Johnson won three sectional championships, one regional crown and three Northeast Corner Conference titles.
“I think they’ve done their homework,” school board member Bob Hiday said of the interview committee. “I think they knew the situation.”