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Josh Johnson to head Morristown athletics

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GREENFIELD — Former Greenfield-Central boys basketball coach Josh Johnson was hired by Morristown High School as its new athletic director Thursday evening during a Shelby Eastern Schools special board meeting.

Johnson, who resigned as the Cougars’ coach in April after a 27-80 record in five seasons, will also be an assistant principal at Morristown High School.

“It’s an outstanding fit,” remarked Johnson, who was replaced by Michael Lewis on the G-C bench. “I get the best of both worlds. I get the athletic side – I coached varsity basketball for 12 years – so I get my athletic fix. That’s still a big part of my life. On the other hand, I’m also an assistant principal so I get the academic side. I enjoy teaching. I get both sides of it, and that’s the part that intrigued me the most about this post.”

Following his resignation, Johnson planned to explore a career in administration, and was looking forward to doing that this school year at Greenfield-Central High School, where he still taught mathematics.

“I didn’t know if it would happen this year or not,” said Johnson, who owns an undergraduate degree in secondary chemistry and mathematics from Manchester University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Indiana State and a K-12 principal’s license. “Greenfield and (GCHS principal) Mr. (Steve) Bryant were going to help me out this year and give me a period to learn about it. But I’m excited about being (at Morristown) and am looking forward to it.”

A former coach at Class A Shakamak and 3A Franklin County, Johnson is familiar with the small-school setting he’ll now be working in with the Yellow Jackets, who are a Class A team in all sports.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know every kid in the school,” offered Johnson, who oversaw a heavy turnout increase in the G-C Youth Boys Basketball Organizations. “Everyone knows I truly love Greenfield, but it was hard to get to know 1,600 kids.”

Johnson said he will not put himself in consideration for the Morristown boys basketball opening. Earlier this week, John Boyer left after four seasons and 52 victories to head Knightstown’s girls program.

“I love coaching, but I’m looking forward to putting the time in administration,” Johnson said. “I’m not saying it’s the end of my coaching career, but I really enjoyed the last four months with my family. The time I put in coaching was great, but I want to do other things. The summer was enjoyable, I got to spend time with my wife and son a lot more this summer.”

Johnson also made it clear how tough it was for him to leave Greenfield.

“I think it’s a tremendous school and place. It was sad to clean out my room and the basketball office,” he said. “I came to a fork in the road, and the road took me this way. I really enjoyed the five years there, the best five years of my life were spent there.”

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