It took some convincing for Brian Johnson to return as head coach of the Shawano varsity softball team.
After originally declining the offer, Johnson said his wife, Kris, and former baseball coach Mike Wagner provided the support to ultimately change his mind.
“‘Listen, I think you have a lot to offer yet,’” Johnson remembers being told. “‘I think you’re going to regret if you don’t take this opportunity.’”
Johnson met with SCHS activities director Charmaine Schreiber on Tuesday to accept the position.
“Brian has a rich history in Shawano softball,” Schreiber said.
Johnson coached the program from 1991 until 2004, and led the Hawks to their only softball state championship in 2002. After two years off, he then came back to coach from 2007 through 2011. Johnson compiled over 200 wins in his tenure.
Johnson, who started 2015 as the JV coach, took over the varsity team mid-season after head coach Kevin Isaacson resigned.