(May 24, 2018) Westerville North High School Athletic Director Wes Elifritz today announced that Bryan Johnson will be the school’s next head football coach, pending Board of Education approval. Johnson has spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, Ohio.
Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant at Gahanna High School from 2004-2007. He then moved to Maple Heights High School, located near Cleveland, where he served from 2008-2011 as offensive coordinator. During his tenure with the Maple Heights program he helped take the team to an OHSAA Division II state runner-up in 2009, followed by an OHSAA Division II state championship in 2010.
Johnson returned to central Ohio and the Gahanna program for the 2012-13 season. He then became head coach of the Liberty Union football program in 2014, where during his four seasons he took the Lions to the state playoffs twice and received numerous coach of the year accolades following the 2016 season.
“Bryan has enjoyed success at his three coaching stops so far in his career and made a great first impression with our interview committee,” Elifritz said. “His priorities in building relationships with our student athletes and promoting success in the classroom will fit very nicely at Westerville North. I’m highly confident that, under Coach Johnson’s leadership, our football program is ready to take the next step for our current players as well as future Warriors.”
Johnson also will join the Westerville North instructional staff next fall as a special education teacher.