August 14th, 2013

Hyland's Heroes: Wayne Johnson

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Wayne Johnson
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The CSAA Football program has a group of dedicated board members who assist the Sport Director. Wayne Johnson has been one of the great and longtime advocates for the sport. A native of Louisville, Wayne attended Fern Creek high school and graduated from Seneca. He participated in Baseball, wrestling and football in his youth.

After graduation, Wayne went on to college and become an engineer, earning his degree from Purdue – a true Boilermaker! Along with his wife, Faith, Wayne is the father of two children who played every sport the CSAA offered except soccer. The football program is blessed to have the calm demeanor and oversight of Wayne Johnson

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so?

I moved back to Louisville in 1979, joined Guardian Angels church and became a member of the Men’s Club. My wife started helping with a T-ball team with my daughter and I started coaching with my son when he was 5 and wanted to play T-ball. That was 32 years ago.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Father Murphy and my wife! 

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I’ve coached T-Ball, 3rd thru 8th baseball, 5th thru 8th basketball, 5th thru 8th football for the boys; and for the girls I’ve participated as a coach for volleyball and softball all at the same time I was coaching other sports. Also, I was taking care of the ball field and later served as the A.D. This lasted about 25 years. I had to give up coaching because of the time it took to be A.D. and overseeing the ball fields.

What's the connection with your faith and giving your time to young student athletes? 

Once you have one of the children that you’re coaching come to you and hug you and thank you, you are hooked! Being around Fr. Murphy taught me what a parish was meant to be.

Who was the most influential person on your coaching career? Why?

The parents of some of the children I coached -- I also coached when they were children. I have had many reasons from a lot of different people to stay the course. One, however, was Jim Frame, who appointed me to the football board 25 or so years ago.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

To teach the sport or game. To teach technique. To teach good sportsmanship! To teach it is how you play the game correctly, not to think that you are a loser if you do not win every game. Winning will come as you grow and learn how to respect other players and give all you can to the effort.

What does the experience of service to the CSAA bring to you, your family?

Since I no longer coach, I get a lot of satisfaction just to help oversee the football program with a great board of some of the best coaches that I have known. 

I could go on and on about the CSAA and people like Jim Frame and Thom Wachtel, our football chairman, as well as the new director Rick Arnold. There is no other group out there that could hold a candle to the CSAA.  


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