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Coach Johnson is in his 14th year of coaching and his 4th year as the head coach of the Clay-Chalkville Cougar Baseball program. Over the past three seasons the Cougars have had a combined winning percentage of 700 percent. The Cougars have been ranked in the state top ten in two of the last three seasons. Including the class of 2009, 15 of 23 seniors have received athletic and academic scholarships during Coach Johnson’s tenure. The Cougars have made three consecutive trips to the state tournament.
The Cougars have been one of the dominant programs in the state since 2000. The Cougar baseball team earned the ultimate prize in 2003 defeating Baker High School in the State Championship game. The Cougars reached the State Finals again in 2005 and again in 2006 falling just short of another state championship but achieving runner-up honors in the state. “I am very pleased with the success and the direction of our baseball program; we have continued to produce teams that perform at a high level year in and year out. Our goal this year is to make it back to Riverwalk Stadium and another shot at a State Championship.
Johnson’s playing career started at Southside High School where he graduated and was an All-Area and All-County selection. Johnson then received a baseball scholarship to Snead State Community College where he earned all conference honors. Coach Johnson then signed with the University of Montevallo where he helped the Falcons to top five national rankings in both years and back to back trips to the post season. After a playing career resulting in 28 homeruns and a career batting average of .342 and leading his team in fielding percentage at first base for four seasons; Johnson started his coaching career under the tenure of Head Coach Bob Reisener at the University of Montevallo as an assistant coach in charge of hitters and infielders. Johnson’s first recruiting class at Montevallo went on to win the Gulf South Conference and produced three players selected as All-Americans and 2 eventual pro-signees. After a two year stint at Montevallo, Johnson was hired as the head coach at Appalachian High School. Appalachian made back to back trips to the State Quarter Finals while breaking the school record for homeruns, batting average, and wins in a season. Johnson was approached by Major League Baseball to spend 3 months in Europe to promote the game of baseball and train the Great Britain Olympic Baseball team. Johnson coached the Great Britain national team in the European National Championships leading Britain to a third place finish, the highest finish in the nation’s history. After his summer trip Johnson was hired as the Head Coach at Emma Sansom High School for 6 seasons leading the Rebels to four, 20 plus win seasons and multiple trips to the state tournament. “Being hired at Clay-Chalkville High School was a dream come true for me. I have been lucky to step into a program that in the past 10 years has been one of the top 6A programs in the state. Our baseball program has produced many top high school baseball players on the field and more importantly off the field as well. I have been so impressed with the young men that I have gotten to know over the past four years. I have formed friendships with some great guys that I know will last for many years even after their playing careers are over. It is an honor to coach a group of young men that are so hard working and dedicated to excellence. Day in and day out I am so impressed with the work ethic and tough mentality of our players. Working with this group of guys and an outstanding coaching staff makes coaching baseball at Clay-Chalkville the greatest job in the world to me.”
Coach Johnson is married to the former Aimee Brock who attended Jacksonville State University earning a marketing degree and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. Aimee is a sales representative for Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals. Brandon and Aimee have two sons, Kutter, 4, and their new addition Kolton at 3 months.