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Another CC coach to depart

By Ryan Kronberg

Sports Editor

It’s been a bit of a perfect storm when it comes to coaching changes at Charles City High School.

Four varsity coaches have stepped down in the last five months. The latest came Wednesday when volleyball coach Matt Johnson resigned to take over as the head coach at Cedar Falls.

Girls swimming coach Amy Johnson resigned in December. Wrestling coach Dave Williams and girls tennis coach Steve Mc-Grew also stepped down within the past couple of weeks.

They resigned for a number of family reasons. Matt Johnson’s career and family had an opportunity
to go to Cedar Falls. Amy Johnson and husband James are expecting twins later this year. Williams stepped down to spend more time with his teenage children, while McGrew is getting married soon.

“It’s just timing for people,” Charles City Activities Director Todd Forsyth said. “They’re all good people. They’ve all done a good job.

“It’s going to take some work to try and find people with so many openings.”

By the time school starts in the
fall, there will have been eight head coaching shifts in the past two school years. This year saw a new head football coach (Darren Bohlen), girls cross country (Amanda Rahmiller), boys track and field (Ryan Rahmiller) and baseball coach (Tyler Downing).

One aspect few realize is how much effort goes into being the head of a program.

“To be the leader of a program is a lot of work,” Forsyth said. “It takes a special commitment.”

Having a strong base, Forsyth said, is a key.

“It’s a learning curve,” he said. “They’re going to need support from me as an AD, from our administration, from our community to help build a program.”

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