Lee Johnson, who resigned as the Colonels’ head coach following the 2012 season, has joined the staff at Patrick Henry as an assistant under Alan Fiddler.
Johnson has taken the spot vacated by Jay Phares, who became the head coach at William Campbell High in Naruna. Johnson, who already has participated in a week of Patrick Henry’s spring practices, will coach linebackers and assist Casey Stewart with the Patriots’ defense.
A former head coach at Glenvar and North Cross before serving as Fleming’s coach for the last three years, the 43-year-old Johnson has not worked as an assistant coach since 2001 when he was on the staff at William Byrd.
“Being a head coach, sometimes you don’t get to coach as much on the field as you do when you’re a position coach because there are so many other things to take care of,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he contacted Fiddler this spring about the vacancy. He is hoping to land a teaching position at Patrick Henry when contracts go out later this month.
“I was looking at some things, but there weren’t a whole lot of jobs in this area,” Johnson said. “My daughter will be a senior [at Salem High School] this fall and I didn’t want to move.
“Alan’s a good coach to work for. We’ve gotten along since he got to Patrick Henry.”