Johnson, Jay

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Johnson, Jay

Jay Johnson starting his 8th year as the head baseball coach at Red Oak High School. He was the head baseball coach for the Palmer Bulldog for 10 years. He has compiled a record of 380 - 250. His teams have made the playoffs 18 out of 22 years and made appearances in the Regional Finals in 2006 & 2008 and State Qualifier 2010. Coach Johnson played high school baseball at W.W. Samuell in Dallas, Texas and graduated in 1983. He then went on to play 3 years as a middle infielder for Dallas Baptist College.  After his junior year, he was drafted in the 19th round by the Atlanta Braves and played for 2 years in the minor leagues. After his release from the minor leagues, he went back to Dallas Baptist College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He also served as a graduate assistant under head coach Jim Harp at the time. Prior to his 10 years in Palmer, Coach Johnson has coached at Thomas Jefferson and Sunset High Schools in Dallas, and Trinity Christian Academy in Addison.  Coach Johnson has also assisted with the Dallas Mustangs for the past 25 years during the summer.  Some of his most memorable moments in coaching have been winning the TAPPS 3A Championship with Trinity Christian, winning 3 Connie Mack Championships with the Dallas Mustangs, and being chosen to coach at the USA Tournament of Stars for the AABC from 2004-2007. Coach Johnson attributes much of his baseball knowledge and overall love for the game to Coaches Sam Carpenter, Jim Harp, Grady Little and Steve Adair.  He is married to Susan and has one son, Casey, who played outfield for the University of Oklahoma and is now coaching football , baseball at Irving Nimitz.

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