MARSHALL - Helping develop a solid foundation for soccer within the Marshall community has been Pat Johnson's ambition since he became involved in the Marshall United Soccer Association youth program 10 years ago.
Leading the United under-16 team to Marshall youth soccer's first-ever state championship in 2010, he was able to see his work and the work of others pay off in a big way. Now, Johnson is taking on a new role, but his aim remains the same.
Monday, Johnson was named the new head coach of the Marshall High School soccer program. He takes over for Brandon Thompson, who had led the Tigers since the program's inception in 2005 and stepped down following the 2011 season.