Tommy Johnson is still very much invigorated about coaching somewhere next school year.
He just knows it won’t be at Robbinsville.
Johnson said Monday that he and the school’s administration recently came to “a mutual understanding” that Johnson will not return for another season as boys basketball coach.
Johnson went 53-22 in three seasons with the Black Knights, including a 18-6 mark last winter. He will finish out this school year as a physical education teacher before evaluating his options.
“It’s been a great three years,” Johnson said.
“People say I was fired. I wasn’t fired. And I’m not retiring. I’m still teaching here at Robbinsville and if I can’t find something closer to Wilkes (County), then I’ll be back as a teacher and helping these kids like I always have. Robbinsvillle is a great place, I can’t say anything but good things about the town and the community. (Robbinsville Principal David Matheson) and I came to a mutual understanding that it was time for a change.”
Johnson is originally from Wilkes County and has spent the majority of his 31-year career there. Johnson has done a couple stints in Western North Carolina and his 2008 Pisgah team remains the last squad from the area to win a NCHSAA regional championship in boys basketball.
Johnson has 480 career wins. His son, Ty, was the leading scorer (19.7 points per game) for Warren Wilson as a senior guard this past season.
Graham County Schools are on spring break this week and Matheson was unavailable for comment Monday.
The Black Knights do not have any immediate plans to advertise their vacant position as they are waiting to see if they will be able to offer a teaching position to the incoming coach.