Johnson steps down as Bobcat hoops coach

No one questioned Tim Johnson’s work ethic as the leader of the Marshalltown girls’ basketball program.

But despite his hard work, the wins were few and far between for the Bobcats and Johnson has decided to step down as head coach. The resignation was approved Monday by the MHS School Board at their bi-weekly meeting.

“Tim was a very hard working coach who put a lot of time into the program,” MHS Athletic Director Tim Bell said. “Unfortunately the success that we all would have loved to see wasn’t there.”

Bell added that it will be up to the athletes to turn the program around as the school moves toward finding a replacement.

“It is going to take a lot of dedication and hard work from the players to get to that next level, too,” Bell said. “Things just didn’t work out for Tim. He decided to move on from the position.”

Attempts by the T-R to contact Johnson were unsuccessful, but Marshalltown Principal Aiddy Phomvisay said Johnson put in his resignation so he could spend more time as a high school Social Studies teacher and more time with his family.

“He worked so hard and is passionate about the game,” Phomvisay said. “I appreciate his service to the program. He is a tremendous teacher and he wanted more time to focus on that as well as his family.”

Johnson went 17-90 in his five seasons as the Bobcat girls basketball coach. The team won just three games this past season and finished 2-18 the previous year.

“I really appreciate him as a coach, teacher and person,” Phomvisay said. “He is a man of great integrity and I respect him tremendously.

“His resignation will give us the opportunity to start new with our girls’ basketball team and we will find someone who can build off what he has done and take us to the next level.”

Bell said he expects Johnson to still be involved in the program as he has been heavily involved in the AAU scene and the youth programs in the community.

“I have nothing but high praise with how Tim worked,” Bell said.