Tim Johnson has resigned as football coach and athletic director at Battle Ground Academy to accept the position as principal at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark.
A former star back at Lincoln County, where he led his team to the 1982 state championship, Johnson has had head coaching stops at Franklin High and Giles County before landing the BGA job in 2006.
Johnson, 45, had a 20-22 four-year record at BGA, turning things around after a 1-9 mark his first year. He took his Wildcat teams to the playoffs two of the past three seasons.
Marty Euverard, who has been offensive coordinator on the BGA staff under Johnson for the past three years, has been named the new coach.
Euverard guided Murfreesboro Oakland to the 1998 state ttile and six playoff appearances before coming to BGA. BGA was 5-6 this season, losing in the opening round of the DII playoffs to MBA.
Johnson had a 59-35 eight-year record as a head coach. His wife Julia has family and friends in the Little Rock area.
“I felt the opportunity was right for me where I could step into a position as upper school principal, it was something I couldn’t pass up,’’ said Johnson, a former Vanderbilt defensive back. “I’m leaving the position in great hands with Marty, who is an excellent coach and who took Oakland to state championship level.’’
BGA head John Griffith said in a statement Tuesday that Johnson had done “a fine job as administrator, coach and teacher at BGA.’’
“For some time, he has contemplated a move away from coaching to pursue other leadership opportunities," Griffith wrote, adding "We are pleased to have such a proven leader on our staff to step up as head football coach. Marty and his family have seamlessly integrated into the BGA and Franklin communities, and we are confident he will continue to move our football program in the right direction.’’
Euverard was head coach at Oakland from 1998-2004, including the ’98 title run. He also coached at Cheatham County, Cherokee, Ryan and Clarksville high schools. He played his college football at MTSU.
BGA begins a search for a new AD immediately. Girls basketball coach Angie Muir will continue to serve as assistant AD.
Johnson will remain at BGA until the end of the school year.