Vernon athletic director visits city council

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 08:05 AM.

“Last year they had about 17 kids that wanted to play football,” Hawkins said. “Already this year Coach Johns has about 60 kids in the program, and they are already training after school.”

Coach Johns was head coach at Blountstown and in 2011, he went to Bacon High School, near Valdosta, Ga.

In 2004 he led the Blountstown Tigers to a 15-1 record and a 1A state runner up finish. His 2005 team went 13-1 and made it to the region finals. In his 15 years as a head coach Johns has won 115 games. He replaced coach Ryan Boyd.

Hawkins said Johns was a two time Florida Coach of the Year and he has coached teams to five state championships. “We are really fortunate to have him here for our kids, and he wants to be involved in the recreational programs.”

Johns said children who are involved in athletics are more likely to be self-motivated, involved and healthy, and if they develop exercising as a habit early on, then they can stay healthy throughout their school years and beyond.

“That’s where everything starts,” Johns said. “We want to get them started in good habits when they’re young.”

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