SMS-East Washington game at Salem still on for tonight, C team game canceled PDF Print E-mail

 

Salem High School Principal Derek Smith said at this point, the only athletic event that has been canceled is Monday night's “C” team game.

He said there are plans to cancel any sporting events that conflict with funeral arrangements for Athletic Director Randy Johnson.

Johnson died Sunday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.

“We canceled tonight's game because I didn't even realize we had one scheduled,” Smith said in a phone interview Monday morning. “We are waiting to make any more scheduling decisions until after we hear the arrangements.”

Needless to say, the mood at Salem High School was somber this morning.

Smith said the school's counselors, administrators and members of the Washington County Ministerial Alliance are present at the school.

“We have made our faculty, students and anyone who made them aware that there are people here available to talk in the Presentation Room, should they need it,” Smith said. “We have Crisis Plan in place, and you never want or expect to use it, especially for something like this.”

Johnson was the head football coach at Bedford North Lawrence from 1994 to 1997. He left BNL in the summer of 1998 to take the job as Salem Athletic Director.

Under his leadership, the Lions have won numberous conference and sectional championships. He also had a hand in bringing current football coach Mo Moriarity to SHS after Brian Motsinger stepped down from that position following the 2010 season.

Johnson then joined the Moriarity's staff as an assistant coach.

Fellow assistant Blair Thompson said he could tell, even with a losing season, Johnson was having fun being back on the sidelines.

“I am so glad he was able to coach one more year before he passed away,” Thompson said. “Obviously, we didn't have the success we wanted but I could see everyday that he was loving being around the kids and the game again.”

Information about his arrangements and SHS athletic scheduling will be posted as it becomes available at www.gbpnews.com.