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Johnson gets Olympic Heights job

It’s always great to see one of our locally-bred football players do well in the coaching profession - years after they left the area.

Travis Johnson is one of those young men you pull for because he worked hard all of his life, and over the past few years, it has started to pay off.

I go back with Travis to his days as a three-sport standout at North Miami Beach High. He was also a tremendous student as well.

It was no surprise that a growing Central Florida program would be his choice, and ever since leaving college, he has immersed himself in football - from every angle possible.

On Friday, the 39-year-old, who had influenced so many young lives with his tireless work ethic, was named as head coach of Boca Raton’s Olympic Heights.

“After years of coaching, teaching and training, we get this tremendous opportunity,” Johnson said. “Amazing situation with some tremendous people associated with the school and the program.”

Johnson is certainly no stranger to Palm Beach County. He was the Defensive Coordinator at Boca Raton Pope John Paul II under Nova graduate and former Dolphin Autry Denson.

The difference that a coach such as Johnson makes in a program is that he already knows how to get athletes in shape, and realizes that to elevate your program - 7-on-7 events, team camps such as the one at nearby FAU and the Down ‘N Dirty Line Camp are essential.

For those in Palm Beach County who are not familiar with Johnson, I can tell you, in all the years of doing this, he is as complete a coach as you can get. Classroom, football field, weight room and leadership!