Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson has resigned as head coach of the Lincoln County High School Falcon football program, confirmed Dr. Bill Health, director of schools, today, adding that Johnson will continue on as a teacher in the system.

The coach was suspended from his coaching duties on Oct. 4, just prior to the Falcons’ game against Shelbyville, due to what Heath had described as a locker room incident that had occurred that week.

“Throughout my coaching career, my priority hasn’t been the win-loss record but instead preparing young men for life’s challenges through the great sport of football,” Johnson wrote in a statement issued this afternoon. “Although this coaching philosophy and approach has been successful in turning around several football programs during my career, sometimes you just have to conclude — it just isn’t a good fit.

“Lincoln County is a very special place, and the football program has a storied tradition,” he continued. “I look forward to serving our students in other roles and sincerely wish nothing but success for all future Falcon student-athletes and coaches.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have led Lincoln County’s football program over the last two years,” he said. “I am especially grateful for the loyal support of my class of ‘83 Falcon teammates, classmates and LCHS alumni.

“The assistant coaches deserve a special commendation for their continued dedication for which I hold the deepest of gratitude,” added Johnson. “I also want to express my love and appreciation to the Falcon football players of the last two seasons. These young men shouldn’t be defined by their win-loss record but by the character and heart they have demonstrated in representing our community. Last but not least, I want to thank the LCHS administration, our teachers and staff, and the student body. Go Falcons!”

Earlier this afternoon, Heath confirmed that he had received Johnson’s formal letter of resignation as football coach.

“I have accepted the resignation of Tim Johnson as head coach of the Lincoln County High School football program,” he said. “I am pleased to know that Mr. Johnson wants to continue his employment as a teacher in Lincoln County Schools.

“Given his experience, knowledge and character, I know the students of Lincoln County and Lincoln County Schools will benefit from his continued role as a teacher within our system,” Heath continued. “I want to thank Mr. Johnson for his two years of leading the program and all the contributions he has made in the past as well.

“I greatly appreciate his professionalism and character that he has demonstrated regularly in our interactions, even during the tough times, and look forward to a continuation of such.”

Assistant Coach Don McNeese is serving as interim head coach of the LCHS football program.