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Eagle Point names Johnson new head football coach

Erik Johnson follows in the footsteps of new athletic director Ryan Swearingen, as both have ties to Ontario High School in eastern Oregon.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 10:04 PM

EAGLE POINT—Two months after Seth Womack stepped down from his positions as head football coach and athletic director, Eagle Point High School has now filled both of those spots.

Ryan Swearingen is the new athletic director, and most recently, 37-year-old Erik Johnson was tabbed as the next head man of the football team.

Both have ties to Ontario High School in Eastern Oregon, and Swearingen being promoted to AD put him in a place to recruit Johnson to southern Oregon.

"I'm not looking to move or to bump up,” Johnson told NewsWatch 12 over the phone. “I'm just not like that… I have four kids, a wife, I want to be somewhere. The whole thing with Eagle Point was the timing of things. It just happened to come together at the right time.”

Johnson had spent the previous six years at 4A Ontario.

In that time he went 28-28 and won at least a share of the league title in each of the past three seasons.

The hope is the upward trajectory the eastern Oregon program saw under his leadership can be replicated at Eagle Point, which saw its win total double from 2017 to 2018 in what proved to be Womack’s final year.

"By all means they're not desperate. He did a really good job there and built something,” Johnson said in reference to the Eagles’ growth under Womack, who’s now an assistant coach at Crater. “I just want to continue what he's been doing with the youth and community.”

Johnson has spent a few weeks with the team, as it participated in summer camps in Redmond and Grants Pass. He doesn’t officially move to southern Oregon for another week, however.

Prior to his coaching career, Johnson walked on as a quarterback at FCS DI Idaho State. He then transferred to NAIA McPherson College in Kansas.

Most of his coaching experience is in Idaho—where he served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach at Vallivue, Nampa, Rocky Mountain and Homedale High Schools.

His first head coaching position was at Ontario, with his most successful season coming in 2017 when he led it to the state semifinals.

He inherits an Eagle Point team that went 6-3 in 2018, but loses star running back Devin Bradd, who transferred to North Medford.

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