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David Johnson named new PJC golf coach

Published or Revised October 24, 2005

JohnsonDavid Johnson, a coach at Navarro College since 1998, has been named golf coach and kinesiology instructor at Paris Junior College.

Johnson replaces Mickey Flippen, who retired in May after 33 years as an instructor and coach at PJC.

A native of Abilene, Johnson has coached golf at Navarro, Cisco College and Howard Payne University. At Navarro, he filled in as assistant golf coach for two seasons during the absence of Coach Roark Montgomery.

The new Dragon coach started a new golf program at Howard Payne, where he coached from 1992 until 1994. Playing in the TIAA, his teams and individual golfers found success. Johnson moved to Cisco College, where his golf teams played in the same tournaments with Paris Junior College.

Johnson, a former Junior College All-American football player at Cisco College, also coached football at Navarro. He was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. The Abilene Cooper High School graduate also earned All-Southwest Conference honors at Texas Christian University in 1982 as an offensive lineman.

An experienced classroom kinesiology instructor, he will teach fitness and wellness courses at PJC along with other kinesiology classes. He also has experience in teaching online fitness and wellness courses.

Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree from Howard Payne University and his master of education Degree from Tarleton State University.

The new coach will begin his tenure at PJC on Aug. 1. He said he looks forward to moving to Paris and already has some involvement in the recruiting process for the golf team.

“I hope to continue the great tradition PJC has in golf,” Johnson said. “I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to being a part of this college.”

Johnson and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Bethany, 16, and Kacey, 13.

PJC Athletic Director Dr. Jim Moffitt said he is pleased to have Johnson on board as the new coach and instructor.

“I look forward to having David on the coaching staff at PJC,” Moffitt said. “We are anxious for him and his family to complete their move to Paris.”

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