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leaves a legacy behind at Atlee
Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm
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Raidersâ€™ Coach Roscoe Johnson on the sidelines. (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)
When Roscoe Johnson
took over as head football coach at Atlee High School
in 2007, he
found the program to be, at best, moribund.
The Raiders had won just four games in the last three seasons.
At the center of it all was Johnson
, guiding his
team, mentoring his
players, trying to place Atlee
into the elite category of programs in the Central Region.
But there is more to Johnson
than coaching football.
Now, having moved into a senior teacher role last month at nearby Chickahominy Middle School, Johnson
has decided the time is right to move on from Atlee football after nine seasons.
â€œI wanted Atlee High School
to have an ample amount of time to begin searching for their new head coach.
I have the utmost respect for the athletes and the school.
Those were deciding factors,â€� Johnson
said in an interview with the Herald-Progress
Coach Johnson gets one of many victory hugs.
â€œEverything I did was for the athletes, the school, and the community,â€� Johnson
Not only did Johnson win 56 games, 40 of them in the last five seasons, but he
found time to lobby for his
players to be able not only to further their careers but secure a college education.
Names like Drew Ferguson, Josh Doggett, Will McCombs, Jay Hausler, Chad Jacob, Nick Clarke and Daniel Glymph dot rosters of college football teams across the Commonwealth, as Atlee student-athletes have benefited from the teaching, and advocacy, from Johnson
and his staff to help them better their lives.
There is no doubt that Raider Nation will miss Johnson
when Atlee football enters their next season of battles come next September.