High School Football

He’s the all-time wins leader at one school. Now he hopes to rebuild another nearby.

Wes Johnson, right, head coach of the West Jessamine High football team, talks to players during practice at the school Monday afternoon, August 8, 2005 in Nicholasville, KY.
Wes Johnson, right, head coach of the West Jessamine High football team, talks to players during practice at the school Monday afternoon, August 8, 2005 in Nicholasville, KY.

Former West Jessamine football head coach Wes Johnson was announced as the new head coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson was the head coach at West Jessamine from 2001 to 2005 before resigning to finish his Master’s degree and spend more time with his family. The Colts went 27-21 in his tenure — the most wins by any coach in school history — and qualified for the postseason in three of his five seasons.

He served as an assistant at Dunbar from 2006 to 2008. He was the offensive coordinator at Lexington Christian in 2013.

Johnson is the ninth head football coach hired at Dunbar since 2000, the Bulldogs’ final season under Mike Meighan, the man who founded the program in 1990 and its longest-tenured leader. Chris Mullins, who was hired in February 2016, resigned from the job in November.

“I feel very confident that I will be here,” Johnson said when asked about his prospects of being Dunbar’s coach for longer than a couple of seasons. “ ... The administration’s been unbelievably supportive. That was one of the things they really wanted to stress, is how committed they are to building a good football program here.”

“It doesn’t all stop and end with me. It’s the administration, it’s the community, the parents, the players, my coaching staff. It’s a community effort to get a football team going and getting it on that winning cycle. I’ll definitely be around.”

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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