Kevin began his coaching career in Livingston, TX. Shortly after, he began coaching at Lincoln High School as the Head Football Coach of the Lincoln Wolves. In 1997 Kevin coached at Shiloh Christian School, both football and track. In 2001, Kevin left Shiloh with Gus Malzahn and came to Springdale High School as the Offensive Line Coordinator, and later coached as the Defensive Coordinator.
Jerry “Kevin” Johnson was born in Searcy, Arkansas on July 3, 1964 to parents Jerry & Patricia Evans Johnson. Kevin has one sister, Katrina Johnson Mimms. Kevin was a 1982 graduate of Searcy High School. He attended Arkansas Tech University on a football scholarship. Kevin often reflected back on his college days and his college buddies. In the last couple years Kevin was able to enjoy some wonderful fellowship with some of his lifelong best friends.
Kevin worked hard in his career. He was committed to molding athletes to be honorable young adults, committed to education, and committed to sharing his faith. Kevin was an All-American football player, and was inducted in Sports Hall of Distinction at Arkansas Tech University.
In June 2004, Kevin had a simple procedure of removing a mole off the center of his back. It came back from the lab as Stage IV Melanoma. At this time he did not receive any cancer treatment. Five years later, in August 2009 the melanoma reoccurred in his lung, simultaneously doctors diagnosed him with Stage IV Colon Cancer. From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2011, Kevin fought a courageous battle. He was amazing, so positive during any circumstance.
Throughout Kevin’s life, whether he was in the classroom, the football field, or at his kitchen table at home, he was an example of a man with faith. Kevin always had the best interest of kids in his heart. Even when he was sick, he never wanted to let anyone down, and never wanted anyone to worry about him.
To honor the life and legacy of Coach Kevin Johnson, our mission is Kevin’s mission – to continue to offer students a better future, invest in their lives, and support athletics.