April 25, 2003
Veteran south Georgia high school football coach Jack Johnson is returning to his roots.
The Appling County Board of Education last night approved the recommendation to hire Johnson as the head coach at Appling County High School.
Appling County high school principal Phil Murphy says virtually everyone he was talked with describes Johnson as an innovator and a motivator.
A graduate of Appling County High School, Jack Johnson inherits a Pirate football program that has won 29 games in the last three seasons at the AAA level but has yet to advance past the second round of the state playoffs.
In 2002, Appling County finished second to eventual state champion Screven County in region 2-AAA before losing to Westside-Augusta in the first round of the state playoffs.
Jack Johnson won two state AA titles at Mitchell-Baker before moving south to Thomasville High in 1995. Johnson was 35 and 21 with the Bulldogs but was fired after five seasons.
He coached two seasons at Tiftarea Academy in Chula but had to step down last April due to financial reasons at the school.