Geneva Hires Bell as New Head Softball Coach | High school
“They’ve always been a strong program,” Bell said of Geneva. “Coach Johnson did a great job with them. They’re still very competitive and a team that you see on the calendar that says, “This is going to be tough. I am excited about this next chapter of my career and look forward to working with the girls and picking up where they have been.
The change of coach is in the second in a few weeks in Geneva. The school hired Rodney Jackson as a basketball coach to replace Johnson.
Johnson, a 1998 Geneva graduate and a coach and teacher at the school since 2012, said the demands of the deputy principal’s job, a 12-month job at the school and training two sports were daunting.
“I got the promotion to the assistant principal position and I decided to effectively do this job that I needed to quit softball and focus on my position as assistant principal in high school,” Johnson said.
Johnson, whose daughter Madison plays for the Panther softball program, said it was difficult to leave the program but felt good about the school’s hiring of Bell.
“It was a tough decision,” Johnson said. “But I can feel good as long as we’ve had Coach Bell. She is a proven winner who works hard. It is an excellent location for the Geneva school system.
Three of Johnson’s top four Geneva softball teams eclipsed the 30-win mark with the 2016 squad by winning 28. The 2018 squad finished as runner-up in Class 3A and the 2019 club finished fourth. in the state. Last year the Panthers finished 20-14 and reached the regional finals.