After three decades and three state championships, Wes Johnson is moving on from coaching.
Johnson recently resigned as East Webster’s baseball coach. He led the Wolverines for 19 years and led them to state titles in 2006, 2008 and 2015.
Johnson, who will continue to teach at East Webster, said he’s stepping down so he can watch his son Walker play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
“It may hit me later on, but so far I haven’t missed the grass cutting and the spraying and all that stuff,” Johnson said. “When you’ve done it that long, you can’t help but miss it, but I probably won’t miss it until about February.”
Johnson, 55, got his first head coaching job at Union in 1990. He went to Aberdeen in 1994 and then Neshoba Central in 1997.
He then joined the East Webster staff as an assistant in 2000 and took over a year later. Johnson finished with a career record of 526 wins, 252 losses. His record at East Webster was 394-151.
But wins and titles aren’t what Johnson wants to be remembered for.
“My biggest thing is I hope people remember what we did that might’ve made a kid better in his life, something that made him a better daddy or a better husband or a better co-worker,” he said. “The memories that we have about playing game together and the relationships you build are the biggest things to me.”
Assistant coach Jordan Smith has been named as Johnson’s replacement.
“He’s coached our junior high program for several years now,” Johnson said. “He’ll be able to step in and already knows the kids well.”