Johnson resigns as head football coach at Otsego (12-8-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON/Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 08 December 2012 01:21
Erik Johnson
TONTOGANY — Otsego will have a new head football coach next season.
Erik Johnson confirmed he resigned earlier this week as the Knights’ head coach after four seasons.
Otsego was 13-27 overall and 10-16 in Suburban Lakes League and Northern Buckeye Conference play under Johnson.
But this season, the Knights were 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the NBC, earning a second-place tie with Eastwood in the NBC.
“My family is my biggest priority and there were times I felt like I wasn’t paying enough attention to them,” Johnson said of why he resigned.
Johnson, his wife, Heather, and 2-year-old daughter, Lily, live in Waterville.
Johnson teaches U.S. History at Northwood High School.
During the football season, he’s driving from Waterville to Northwood to Tontogany and back home to Waterville.
And that doesn’t include offseason conditioning and weight lifting workouts.
“Being a head football coach isn’t just an August through November job,” Johnson said. “If you want to do this job right, it has to be a year-round commitment and I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing.
“I loved the kids and built great relationships with them, and I’ll miss them and the community. Everyone was great to me. Otsego has always great to me and that’s why this was such a difficult decision.”
The Knights steadily improved under Johnson, a 1996 graduate of Otsego, who played for and was later was an assistant coach at the school under head coach Dan Cocke.
Otsego has struggled since Cocke retired as head coach after the 2005 season. He was the head coach for 26 seasons, compiling a 182-89-1 record, winning seven SLL titles and advancing to the state playoffs eight times.
The Knights were 0-10 during Johnson’s first season, but improved to 3-7 in 2010 and 4-6 in 2011. Otsego broke a 24-game losing streak during the 2010 season.
“We’re happy with what we accomplished, but you’re not totally happy unless you win all of your games,” Johnson said. “But we restored the competitive nature of Otsego football and got things moving in the direction to be successful.”
Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 10:48

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