Longtime Star Valley High School Coach Ballard Johnson joined Duke Dance & Dahl Erickson Friday, February 17, on SVI Radio. Coach Johnson was recently named as 1 of 8 finalist nationwide for top honors of National Coach of the Year. The recognition comes as Johnson prepares for his 36th year as a coach this upcoming spring track season.
“It’s the students. It’s the kids that bring you back,” Ballard said when asked what has kept him coaching for so long. “That opportunity to have success with them, and see that light bulb go on in their eyes, and see those performances improve. It’s very motivating as a coach as well.”
Coach Todd Dayton and Brian Teichert from Cokeville High School were also named as finalist, making 3 of the 8 finalist nationwide from Lincoln County School District #2.
The 3 coaches have been invited to Chicago this June where a ceremony will be held and the National Coach of the Year will be awarded. Below is the conversation with Ballard Johnson during 1st Bank Sports Friday on the SVI Radio Network.