New name surfaces in Creek football search

With spring football just a few months away, a new name has emerged as a strong candidate for the Cedar Creek head coaching search.

Former Louisiana Tech quarterback and current Waller (Texas) High School head coach Gene Johnson is now in the mix, according to sources close to the search.

Johnson was hired at Waller High School in 2019 with more than 20 years of coaching experience in Texas public schools, having served as the head coach at Hightower High School and Klein Forest High School. He has won more than 150 games in his career.

It wouldn’t be the first time Johnson has stepped foot on the Cedar Creek campus, having served as an assistant coach on AL Williams staff in 1996. Johnson served as the offensive coordinator for the Cougars that one season.

Johnson played collegiately at Louisiana Tech, helping lead the Bulldogs to the 1990 Independence Bowl and a 34-34 tie against Maryland. A deal with Johnson could be close to being done, but until an announcement from the school, anything is a possibility.

Ruston High School assistant coach Steven Ensminger’s name keeps resurfacing for the job. Although earlier reports thought the Ruston High quarterback coach was content on staying with the Bearcats, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Ensminger is the next Creek head coach.

Former Creek coach Dan Childress has been mentioned as another possible candidate since the search opened. Childress’ wife Mary Bell is one of the top school administrators in the south and many people feel that Cedar Creek may try to hire both with the head of school position currently being filled by interim Cindy Hampton.

Following a highly successful season at Cedar Creek, Matt Middleton announced his decision to take the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach job at Southern Arkansas back in January.

Board of Directors President Lomax Napper and the members of the board (hiring committee) will be making the decision on the hire, an important one for both the Cougars program and the entire school.

Whoever gets the job will inherit a talented roster that lost only three players off of this past year’s team that finished 6-4 with a historic win over Oak Grove.

 


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