Coach Jason Johnson
MVHS Head Coach
Jason Johnson enters his 11th season as the Head Baseball Coach at Mountain View High School. The 2018 season saw the Bears make the Georgia High School State Playoffs for the fifth straight season, falling in two games to eventual State Champion Parkview, and marking the second consecutive season the Bears were eliminated by the eventual State Champion. He continued to build on the previous four season’s successes, a Region 7 Championship in 2014 in which they finished the season 22-12, a 2015 appearance in the Elite 8 of the State Playoffs- falling in three games to state Runner-Up Walton, a state playoff appearance against Lambert in 2016, and a Sweet 16 appearance against Etowah in 2017.
The 2018 Bears placed one player on the First Team, one on the second Team and two on the Honorable Mention All-Gwinnett County Team, as well as three First Team and two Second Team All-Region selections.
The Top of the Mountain, the Bears Baseball facility, was recently honored by the Georgia Dugout Club as the 2016 Field of the Year.
Coach Johnson has continued his work with the staff of USA Baseball, serving most recently as a coach/scout for the 2018 East Coast 18U Championships and Pitching Coach for the 2017 15U Trials. In the last four years, Coach Johnson has served as the 14U Team USA Development Program Pitching Coordinator in 2016, one of the Pitching Coaches for the 15U Team USA Trials in 2015, has been a scout for the 14U National Team Championships in Phoenix, Arizona, and Jupiter, Florida; as well as a scout for the 14U National Team Identification Series in Cary, North Carolina.
During the first nine seasons at Mountain View, the Bears baseball program has compiled an overall record of 150-115. The Bears saw their first two players selected from the MLB Free Agent Draft in 2018, with former Bears and Kennesaw State standout AJ Moore being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th Round, and Bears Senior Chase Chaney being chosen by the Los Angeles Angles in the 15th Round. MV has now sent 38 players on to continue their baseball careers at the college level. MV has had seven players named to the First Team All Gwinnett County Teams for their on-field accomplishments- Chandler Powell, Alex Brock, Tyler Bethune, Beau Blair, Ben Utley, AJ Moore, and Chase Chaney. In total, the Bears have had 23 players selected to All-County Teams, and 35 chosen as All-Region honorees. Powell was named as the Bears first member of the First Team All-State, with Moore being named to the 2nd Team, and Chaney being named to the First Team All-State team in 2018 as well. In 2015, the Bears had their first two players named to Junior Team Georgia- Robert Kwiatkowski and Zack Miller. In the last nine years, the Bears have sent the second most players to play college baseball of any Gwinnett County team.
The Bears continue their successes in the classroom as well during the first nine years, as the program has had 108 Scholar Athletes, and during the last five seasons, the varsity has maintained a Grade Point Average over 3.00 during the spring semester.
Coach Johnson was named as the first Head Baseball Coach at Mountain View High School, following a strong family background in professional baseball. Along with his great-grandfather who played for the Boston Red Sox and managed at the Major League level, grandfather who played in the Major Leagues and was President of the AA Eastern League, and uncle who played professional baseball, Coach Johnson played professional baseball in the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds organizations.
Coach Johnson grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which is best known for being home of the Little League World Series. He attended Williamsport Area High School, where he was named the Athlete of the Year, playing both basketball and baseball, and lead his high school baseball team to the state runner-up. After being drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization out of high school, he decided to attend Auburn University. While at Auburn, Coach Johnson pitched a perfect game in his first college start, and was three for three at the plate, being named Mizuno’s National Player of the Week for his accomplishments. At the conclusion of his junior year, he was named Academic All Southeastern Conference, and was drafted in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies.
After his first season in the Colorado Rockies organization, Coach Johnson was named the #10 prospect in the organization by Baseball America. He finished that season 4-1 with 3 saves and a 0.74 ERA in the Northwest League and after being promoted to the California League was 3-1 and a 2.34 ERA. After spending the next season back in the California League, Coach Johnson then played one season in the AA Eastern League for the New Haven Ravens. After shoulder surgery the next spring, Coach Johnson attended spring training with the Cincinnati Reds, and played in the Northern League for the Madison Blackwolf.
Following his professional baseball career, Coach Johnson has taught at Brunswick High School in south Georgia, Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia, Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, and most recently spent three years as pitching coach at North Gwinnett High School in Suwannee, Georgia. While at North, the Bulldogs made the playoffs in each year of his tenure as the pitching coach, advancing to the Elite 8 in 2007 and the Sweet 16 in 2009.
Coach Johnson has also coached at the collegiate level for four years. He served as the pitching coach at The College of William and Mary in 2001, where he helped lead the Tribe to their first and only Colonial Athletic Association title and a spot in the Clemson Regional. He was also the pitching coach for three years at the University of Richmond, where he also served as the recruiting coordinator for one year.
In 1998, Coach Johnson was the pitching coach for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. During his coaching career, Coach Johnson has coached 28 players who have played professional baseball.
Coach Johnson and his wife Kristi, a former Duluth High School graduate, have three children- Cooper- 14, Audrey- 13, and Elle- 8.