Johnson named new Indians football coach

By CATHRYN KIGER,
The Yazoo City Municipal School District welcomes its new high school football coach to the community.  
Timothy Johnson, 29, of Ruleville, has accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Yazoo City High School.
Johnson is a graduate of Delta State University, where he played football from 2006 to 2009 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology.
Johnson earned his Master's Degree in Science from Jackson State University while playing football from 2009 to 2011.
Johnson is an experienced teacher and coach, having dedicated his time at schools such as Amanda Elzy, LeFlore County and Mississippi Valley State University.
Johnson assumed his coaching position mid-May, where he began attending organized workouts with incoming athletes for next year's team.
In the meantime, Johnson said that they will continue the hiring process to find more coaches to assist the team next season, along with Coach Fox and Coach Lockhart.
Johnson has high hopes for the future of his team.  He has already planned to send students to a number of football camps this summer to help the boys hone their skills and make improvements before the season starts, and also to draw some attention to the talent that Yazoo City football players have to offer.
Some of the camps will take place at universities such as Mississippi State, Southern Miss, University of Memphis, and Jackson State, as well as special camps like the one sponsored by Yazoo native and NFL star Fletcher Cox.
Johnson said that he plans to get more people on board this year to revamp the booster club for the football team.
"The booster club will be a large focus for our program," Johnson said, "We need that support in getting these kids to these camps and combines, and also for coaching clinics and providing the workout material and gear that we need."
Johnson reflected on last year's statistics and listed out a few prospects for the upcoming school year.
"Looking at last year, we see that we had a great quarterback who was able not to just throw the ball, but he could also run the ball,” he said. “Jordan Cole was a great safety and led the team in tackles. Jordan has been invited to a camp at the University of Memphis on May 28."
Also on Johnson's list are Roncedrick Weekly starting at quarterback this year; wide receivers Rorecoss Willis and Jared Waters; Deshaun Taylor; and running back Cameron Sneed is expected to have a great year after rushing 700 yards as a freshman last season.
Tommy Washington, the younger brother of Mississippi State's Timothy Washington, is a receiver and is also expected to have a good year, as well as Javarious Grady on defense as a pass rusher.
Johnson said he has 14 seniors with a lot of talent playing in the upcoming season and hopes to have a great year.
Johnson talked about the improvements he will bring to the program this year as well as to the lives of the students.
Along with keeping students involved in power-Lifting and track and field, Johnson wants to keep the students focused on taking the ACT to get them prepared for college.
"I feel like as a coach, you do your guys a disservice if they don't qualify for the ACT,” he said. “We're gonna provide our kids with ACT prep books and ASVAB prep books. I want them to have the ability to take the ASVAB, score really high, qualify for the Air Force or the Navy, and then they choose which branch they are going to, because life is all a bunch of choices. I just really want to give these guys choices."
Johnson also has plans to organize a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club at Yazoo City High School this fall to add more faith and values to the lives of the students.
Timothy Johnson has only just begun to change the lives of his future students and athletes at Yazoo City High School, and only time will tell how well his efforts will shape the futures of these kids for years to come.
But he seems to be off to a good start.