The Deer Park Wildcat football team will be led into the 2017-18 season by Calvin Johnson, as the Deer Park Board of Education approved the hiring of Johnson as the new head football coach at the regular Board of Education meeting on June 7.
“I truly appreciate the opportunity to coach at Deer Park,” Johnson said. “The community here has been outstanding. First and foremost, I want to help young men develop to be productive people in their community. I want our student-athletes to indulge in community service and work with the young folks in our community.”
Johnson takes the helm after a year spent as a Deer Park assistant, serving as the Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. Prior to joining the Wildcat staff, Johnson served as the head football coach at Princeton High School from 2014 to 2016.
A graduate and four-year starter at Austin Peay State University, Johnson boasts an extensive resume of coaching at the high school level. Johnson has served as the head football coach at Western Hills High School (2005-2007) and Aiken Senior High School (2002-2005), while also assisting at Winton Woods High School from 1990-2001 and returning from 2007 to 2009.
Johnson was also involved in coaching girls and boys basketball at Winton Woods from 2008-2014. In 2004, Johnson led the Aiken football program to its first winning record in 20 years.
“I believe in trust, care and commitment,” Johnson said of his focus on and off the football field. "If a person can answer yes to each of them when making decisions in life they will be productive people in our society.”
Johnson also served as a Cincinnati Police Officer for nearly 20 years from 1990 to 2009. During that time, he held positions of Police Sergeant, member of the S.W.A.T Team, a School Resource Officer and a member of the Honor Guard Unit.
Johnson will coach his first game at the helm of the Deer Park squad on Wednesday, Aug. 23, when the team takes on Hughes High School in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. The game marks the first game in the state of Ohio for the 2017-18 season.