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MHS hoops coach Johnson resigns from position

May 4, 2013 - Andy Heintz
The tenure as Marshalltown girls' basketball coach lasted five years for Tim Johnson.

Johnson's resignation appeared on this Monday's MHS School Board agenda and MHS Athletic Director Tim Bell confirmed the resignation to me Saturday night.

"Tim was a very hard working coach who put a lot into the program," said Bell, who will retire at the end of the school year. "He was professional, he cared for the kids and he treated the kids well, too."

Johnson's overall record of 17-90 may have been the biggest reason he decided to hang it up after five years. Unsuccessful calls to Johnson and MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay were made but Bell said no one was happy with where the girls' basketball program was at.

"Unfortunately, the success that we all would have liked to see wasn't there," Bell said. "I can't say that it was all Tim's fault though. It is going to take a lot of dedication from the student-athletes to get the program to where we want to see it. Things just didn't work out for Tim and he decided to move on."

It is unclear as to what Johnson will do from here. He has kids working their way through the Marshalltown ranks and is still employed as a teacher at the high school.

Bell said Johnson is very active in the AAU programs and young kid's basketball programs around the community. And it will take strong efforts at that level to turn things around, too.

"We need more help in the offseason programs," Bell said. "That is what it is going to take."

The MHS School Board will address Johnson's resignation at Monday's meeting. The job opening also has been posted on the Marshalltown public schools website. There also is a posting for an assistant girls basketball coach as well. Check back in the coming days for more information on Johnson's resignation.


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