TRACK AND FIELD: Johnson resigns as track coach

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By Gerard Flanagan

There were two head coaches leading Marion County High School’s track and field team. Now there’s one.
Daniel Johnson has stepped down as track coach after six seasons, officially submitting his resignation on June 4 to school officials at Marion County High School.
Johnson sent the Enterprise a copy of his resignation letter, citing outside responsibilities as the reason he resigned.
“While this decision did not come easily, I was splitting time between two sports year round. This decision will better serve me to focus on and spend more time with the MCHS girls soccer program instead of splitting time between two sports,” Johnson said.
Johnson had served alongside Dallas Robinson as co-head coaches for the past two seasons. Robinson will remain as head coach.
“It was a really good experience,” Robinson said of working alongside Johnson. “Last year was one of the best track seasons Marion County had ever had so I’m really glad he got to, at least for now, step away from coaching track on a really high note.”
Robinson added Johnson, who will be entering his third season as the girls soccer head coach, was extremely knowledgeable about all the track events.
“[Daniel] was a very rare case of a coach that knew enough about every event that he could coach some element of every event,” Robinson said.
Marion County’s 2018 campaign recently concluded, with four members - Stephan Salgado, Nate Hoppes, Alexis Hoppes and Jayla Cowherd - advancing to the state competition last month. The season before was indeed a successful outing for the Knights, who sent 11 runners to state. That was Johnson and Robinson’s first season together at the helm.
“I have enjoyed the last six seasons with the track program,” Johnson said in his letter of resignation. “I am proud of everything we accomplished. The administration has been incredibly supportive and I am thankful and grateful for that.”