ALMONT — When the 2024 season begins there will someone new in charge of Almont’s varsity softball program, that is because coach Erik Johnson has opted to resign from the post.

Johnson also is the Almont’s varsity girls’ basketball coach.

“I have decided to focus on one program as running two varsity programs was time consuming and difficult especially coming back to back.” Johnson said. “It is my hope that doing this will allow me a better opportunity to further develop the girls’ basketball program,” he noted.

Johnson steps aside after directing Almont to a 226-190-3 mark over 13 seasons. The 2020 campaign was called off due to Covid.

During his time at Almont, the Raiders won three district titles (2014, 2016 and 2019). He was a three-time recipient of BWAC Coach of the Year accolades (2012, 2021 and 2023) as well.

Johnson also was named district Coach of the Year four times (2012, 2014, 2016 and 2019).

“When I was hired in 2010, I started the AFPS0 (Almont Fastpitch Softball Organization) youth progam that continues today,” Johnson said. “The program went on to develop a travel tier known as Attack,” he noted.

“I coached at several levels of both the youth and travel levels. The Attack teams included teams led by Ray and Lane Johnston that went on to win several tournaments including the 2019 NSA-B 14 U World Series. A significant number of players from the recent successful high school teams developed through both the youth recreation and travel tiers of the AFPSO. During my tenure, several players earned All-State accolades and went on the play at the collegiate level. I plan to coach the varsity high school girls’ basketball team and hope to build our program into something similar in terms of success we have seen with softball.”

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.