Johnson honored upon retirement

Recently retired Wortham coach Leroy Johnson, center in suit, savors the moment as he was honored by his peers and former alumni he’s coached over the years during a ceremony held at Wortham High School. Johnson coached nearly 20-years at the school and also served a short time as an assistant principal at the high school before returning to coaching. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

After coaching at Wortham High School for nearly 20-years, Leroy Johnson has decided to hang up his hat and whistle to spend more time with his family.
Johnson, a 1970 graduate of Jackson High School in Corsicana, played college football for the Navarro College Bulldogs before transferring to East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Commerce) and later played professionally for the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before returning home to begin his coaching career in 1979 at Corsicana High School.
Johnson made a career change after the 1981 season, but his love for coaching helped make the decision to return to it when he was offered the chance to do so with Wortham ISD back in the mid-90’s.
During his career at Wortham, Johnson has coached football, basketball and track and has served as an assistant principal at the high school.
During his first season returning to coaching, he was inducted in the East Texas State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
Former Wortham athletic director Shane Doege said Johnson will truly be missed by the coaching staff and athletes.
The school honored Johnson with a retirement reception.