Barnesville High football coach Matt Johnson has decided to go out on top opting to turn in his resignation as Shamrocks head coach recently. The Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education formally accepted his resignation at its Monday, Feb. 27 meeting.
Johnson guided the Shamrocks to a memorable season on the gridiron last year finishing with an 8-1 regular season record, an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 3A title and a OHSAA playoff victory over Chesapeake.
Barnesville's season ended with a loss to Fort Frye in the regional semi-finals.
"It was a very memorable season," Johnson admitted. "I think we were just the fourth team in school history to win a playoff game and winning the OVAC championship will definitely be one of the things that always sticks out."
Johnson, who is a 1990 Barnesville and 1994 Muskingum graduate compiled a 24-27 record during his five-year stint leading the Shamrocks' football program.
In addition to a winning season, Johnson will leave behind a legacy of instilling community service in his players. During his tenure, players donated their time off the field to a variety of community projects.
Along with his time as football coach, Johnson, who has 23 years experience as a teacher, also served as the head softball coach at Barnesville for two seasons. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Johnson coached football at Bridgeport and Cambridge. He was also the head basketball coach at Bridgeport and head baseball coach at Cambridge.
Johnson will remain a teacher at Barnesville Middle School where he is currently an eighth grade intervention specialist, and has not ruled out a return to coaching in the future.
"By no means am I done coaching," Johnson said. "I am not ready to be done with sports. I'll see see if any opportunities arise, take a look at them and see what happens."