Tough decision

FCHS boys basketball coach resigns, heads for Bryan Station

By Linda Younkin Published:

Franklin County boys basketball coach Tommy Johnson found himself pulled in two directions.

Johnson, 32, has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Bryan Station High School.

“One of the main things that attracted me to the district is I’m already part of the district,” said Johnson, who lives in Lexington. “I think it’s good for me and my family.”

But that doesn’t mean leaving the Flyers has been easy.

“It’s the toughest decision I’ve ever made,” Johnson said about resigning from Franklin County.
“When you’ve put your heart and soul into a program, when you’ve invested in players and they’ve invested in you, and worked their butts off for you, it’s tough to up and leave them.

“It’s tough to walk out of the room and say goodbye.”

Franklin County was Johnson’s first head coaching job. He took over two years ago when Scott Chalk resigned to take the head coaching position at Dunbar.

Prior to becoming the head coach at FCHS, Johnson spent six years as an assistant at the school under Chalk and one year as an assistant coach at Lafayette.

Johnson is a 2000 graduate of Frankfort High School and earned a degree in health and physical education from Eastern Kentucky University.

The Flyers went 15-13 this past season, winning the 41st District regular-season title and finishing as runner-up in the district tournament.

FCHS was 24-30 during Johnson’s tenure.

Johnson takes over a Bryan Station program that went 13-13 last season, losing to Henry Clay 62-52 in the first round of the 42nd District tournament. The other teams in the 42nd are Scott County and Sayre.

The Franklin County High School Future Flyer Basketball Camp is set for next week, Monday through Thursday, at FCHS, and Johnson said the camp will go on as scheduled.

“Even though the guys (at FCHS) have my number and I told them they can call me any time, when they’ve played for you, worked hard for you, built relationships, it’s tough to just leave.”

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