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Johnson resigns as Prairie girls basketball coach

Johnson helped keep Falcons playoff streak intact

By , Columbian High School Sports Reporter
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Brett Johnson, who helped the Prairie girls basketball program continue its impressive run, has resigned as the head coach.

He sent a letter to Prairie administration earlier this week.

“I said thank you for letting me have this job, but I think it’s time for me to move on,” Johnson said. “I kept it short.”

Johnson has a son in middle school who has a bright future in basketball. Johnson said he wants to be there for his son during basketball seasons.

“We appreciate his effort and hard work,” said Andy Schoonover, Prairie’s athletic director. “We wish him luck in whatever’s next for him.”

The Falcons went 59-18 in Johnson’s three seasons. Prairie reached the state round of 16 in 2014 and then the state quarterfinals in the Tacoma Dome the past two years.

Prairie has reached at least the Sweet 16 in each of the past 19 seasons.

Johnson said he is thrilled that this streak continuing under his watch.

“I’m just proud of that, because every year we heard our girls weren’t going to win it because we lost so and so and so and so and so and so,” Johnson said. “Every year, they came back stronger and stronger.”

Johnson is a former letterman at the University of Oregon. This was his first head coaching position at the high school level.

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