SLO High chooses Pat Johnston as head football coach, sources say

Tigers expected to announce hiring of former Cal Poly QB on Wednesday

ajankowski@thetribunenews.comFebruary 24, 2014 

San Luis Obispo High will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the hiring of its new head football coach. Multiple sources said Monday the school has selected Pat Johnston, a former Cal Poly quarterback and current defensive assistant with the Mustangs.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not affiliated with the school in administrative roles.

San Luis Obispo athletic director Jeff Brandow did not confirm the Johnston hire, saying a formal announcement will be made Wednesday. Brandow said the new coach will address the players at 12:30 p.m. in the quad before speaking with the media.

Johnston also declined comment, saying he will wait until after Wednesday's announcement from the San Luis Obispo administration to speak.

This would be the first head coaching job for Johnston, 27, who was a backup quarterback with the Mustangs from 2005 to 2007 after a standout career at Carmel High under coach Craig Johnston — his father and another former Cal Poly signal caller.

Pat Johnston is in his sixth year as a defensive assistant with the Mustangs, working with the secondary and special teams.

Former San Luis Obispo head coach David Kelley led the Tigers for five seasons before resigning in December. San Luis Obispo went 4-6 this past season and 24-28 in Kelley’s tenure.

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