Northwood hires Mitch Johnson as new football coach

Pittsboro, NC – Northwood High School is pleased to announce Mitch Johnson as its new head football coach. Johnson was approved by the Chatham County School Board Tuesday evening. He will teach physical education in addition to his coaching duties. He replaces Chris Kenan as the head coach of the varsity football team.

Johnson comes to Northwood after coaching one year at South Iredell High School. He has previous head coaching experiences at Appleton-West High School in Appleton, Wisconsin, ( four years) and Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson, Nevada (one year). Johnson has roots in central North Carolina. Prior to becoming a head coach, Johnson was an assistant football coach at his alma mater Pinecrest High School. Johnson also graduated from Greensboro College in 2010, and was a member of their football program. 

South Iredell finished 6th in the 2022 4A West Conference 57 Football Standings with a 1-5 conference record and an overall 4-7 record

“I am beyond excited and thankful for the Northwood Administration for this opportunity to help carry the standard of excellence that has been established. I am looking forward to helping our student-athletes excel on and off the field. I cannot wait to start and am looking forward to meeting our student athletes and community” said Johnson.

“We are extremely excited to bring Coach Johnson into our school community,” said Northwood Athletic Director Camerons Vernon. “Not only did he impress us with his track record of turning programs around, but we also know we are getting an outstanding teacher in the classroom. Coach Johnson is going to instill a strong work ethic in our students and student-athletes.”