Getting to know: Holliday Eagles coach Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

We caught up with Holliday Athletic Director Frank Johnson this past week and asked a series of rapid-fire questions to help the community get to know the Eagles’ head football coach.

Johnson began his coaching career at Plainview ISD in 1989 where he coached linebackers and O-line in football along with junior high basketball and shot/discus in track.

In 1998, Johnson moved on to Colorado City ISD, working as the defensive coordinator, head powerlifting coach and assistant baseball until being promoted to the athletic director and head football coach in 2002.

Johnson took over the reins at Holliday ISD in 2013. In 18 seasons as a head coach, he has compiled a 133-75 record, getting his first win against Fort Stockton to open the 2002 season.

“I played football and ran track at Iowa Park,” Johnson said on his athletic background. “I was a three-year starter on varsity playing offensive tackle and middle linebacker. I did the high jump until my backside got too big to get over the bar and ran a slow quarter mile. I played baseball and basketball through junior high.”

Reflecting on his favorite coaching memories, Johnson says his favorite memories are the kids and groups he has been a part of. He loves being around the boys, watching them grow up to young men and then become successful adults. Another of his favorite memories includes being able to coach his four boys in football.

“My favorite overall sports moment is beating teams we aren’t supposed to beat.”

In his spare time, Johnson enjoys fixing up his home and quail hunting when there are birds. After he retires, he plans to start raising English Pointers again.

When asked if he could change one rule in football, he replied, “I wish we would go back to a true two-a-days format in football.”

Running through a list of his favorites, Johnson enjoys Robert Earl Keen (music), Lonesome Dove (movie/book) and Gasmonkey Garage (TV show). He is a big fan of Sammy Baugh as he worked on his ranch and played high school ball for his son David. His favorite NCAA teams are Texas Tech and West Texas A&M.

Lastly, Johnson said Robert Duval would be cast to play him in a movie about his life, but he has no idea who would play him as a young guy.

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