Athletic Director: Bruce Johnson
1210 Museum Rd
Statesville, NC 28625
Phone: (704) 768-0100
Fax: (704) 873-0841
Athletic Director Bruce Johnson Biography
Bruce Johnson “Coach” has been an award winning teacher and coach at the scholastic, collegiate, and professional levels for 37 years. He has been an athletic administrator at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio and Green High School in Akron, Ohio for 15 years.
Coach Johnson was the head baseball and the head basketball coach at Mathews High School in Vienna, Ohio from 1984-1990 where he was named Coach of the Year numerous times in both sports. From there he went to Chagrin Falls High School in the Cleveland, Ohio area where he was also the head basketball and head baseball coach. He was named Coach of the Year in the state of Ohio by the Associated Press in 1991 in basketball for turning around a program that had lost 41 straight games. During that time Coach Johnson was also a coach for multiple collegiate all star baseball teams in summer wooden bat leagues. He was honored with the prestigious Gold Coin Award for Integrity, Character and Service at Grove City College where he served as the Assistant Head Baseball Coach for 6 seasons helping Grove City College to numerous broken records in wins and the first berth by a President Athletic Conference School in the NCAA tournament.
At Howland High School in Warren, Ohio “Coach” was known for his strong athletic programs including one of the top football programs in the state. He organized the school’s first Hall of Fame, developed an Alumni and Educational Foundation with a Community Scholarship Program, raised millions of dollars in capital campaign funds for facility renovation and fathered the All American Conference, the areas first mega conference covering 18 teams in three counties to handle problems with competitive inequality and changing demographics in area schools.
At Green High School in Akron, Ohio “Coach” was credited for balancing the athletic budget, developing a three year athletic strategic plan for the district, creating the first Hall of Fame, and creating partnerships with Akron General Health Services to develop one of the best Sports Performance programs in the state. Coach Johnson also worked with school and community leaders to move Green into the prestigious Federal League.
“Coach” has been married to Miss Pamela for 35 years and has one son, James, who is the Associate Head Basketball Coach at High Point Christian Academy in High Point, NC. Coach and Pamela have been involved in church work for over 40 years including choir, AWANA, VBS, Sunday School teacher, church leadership as a deacon and elder and also served as an assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor at several churches in the Warren area.
I never really had a life verse until my father passed about 15 years ago. He was the finest teacher I have ever known and he only had an 8th grade education. I had the honor to preach at his funeral and my passage was I Corinthians 4: 1-2 “Let us so be considered as ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” This was my father. It has become my life verse and my goal is to, like my father, be faithful in small things, faithful in all things. Coach Johnson