Johnson heading to Holliday

Eagles go outside program for their new coach and AD

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Colorado City head coach Frank Johnson (center) watches the game from the sideline during this Aug. 27, 2011 game against Merkel. Johnson has been chosen to be the next head football coach and athletic director at Holliday.

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Thomas Metthe/Scripps Texas Newspapers Colorado City head coach Frank Johnson (center) watches the game from the sideline during this Aug. 27, 2011 game against Merkel. Johnson has been chosen to be the next head football coach and athletic director at Holliday.

Thomas Metthe/Scripps Texas Newspapers
Colorado City head coach Frank Johnson (center) watches the game from the sideline during this Aug. 27, 2011 game against Merkel. Johnson has been chosen to be the next head football coach and athletic director at Holliday.

Photo by Tommy Metthe

Thomas Metthe/Scripps Texas Newspapers Colorado City head coach Frank Johnson (center) watches the game from the sideline during this Aug. 27, 2011 game against Merkel. Johnson has been chosen to be the next head football coach and athletic director at Holliday.

Colorado City’s Frank Johnson has been chosen to become Holliday’s first head football coach hired from outside the program in almost four decades.

Johnson, an Iowa Park graduate, officially will be named the Eagles’ athletic director and head football coach pending approval at a school board meeting next week, according to sources close to both programs.

Holliday Superintendent Kevin Dyes said the meeting would be held at 6 p.m. Monday but declined to comment otherwise.

Johnson, who couldn’t be reached for comment, has spent the past 15 years at Colorado City, 11 as the head coach and four as an assistant. Johnson guided the Wolves to an 82-42 record and nine playoff appearances from 2002-12.

Colorado City, 70 miles west of Abilene, competes at the same 2A Division II level as Holliday.

The Wolves are coming off a 10-win season in which they fell to Sonora in the 2012 state quarterfinals. Colorado City also made the 2A Division I state quarterfinals in 2004 before losing to Henrietta.

Johnson will become the first head coach since Don Lucy in 1974 to be hired from outside the halls of Holliday. When Lucy’s 15-season run finally ended, Matt Robinson (1989-2000), Terry Wolf (2001-11) and Cody Patton (2012) were promoted.

Ironically, the last two outside hires have ties to Iowa Park. Lucy had been a Hawks assistant for six seasons when he became the Eagles’ head coach. Johnson is a 1983 Iowa Park graduate and his parents still reside there.

As at most small schools, the athletic director and head football positions were tied together at Holliday until Wolf relinquished the football reins last spring along with Patton’s promotion.

That was before Holliday softball coach David Norris was charged with multiple criminal accounts regarding sexual allegations with one of his players.

In late July, Wolf resigned as athletic director and head baseball coach. Patton finished 6-5 in his one season at the helm.

On Jan. 8, he was told he’d have to reapply for the position because the administration was combining the athletic director and head football coach positions.

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