By: Vandebilt Catholic High School 

Houma, LA, February 5, 2019 -- Vandebilt Catholic High School proudly announces national recognition for Margaret Johnson, Athletic Director.

Margaret Johnson, VCHS Athletic Director, alumna, and former teacher and coach was recently named to the National High School Athletic Coaches’ Association’s (NHSACA) National Hall of Fame. This honor is presented to coaches across the nation in recognition for their achievements in coaching, their contributions to their school, community and state, their years of service to high school sports, and most importantly, their unselfish commitment to young athletes. On June 25, 2019, Johnson will travel to Bismark, ND to be officially inducted into this prestigious group of high school coaches.

Johnson has had a lifelong affiliation with Catholic education in Houma; nearly thirty of those years have been spent at Vandebilt. After receiving her educational foundation at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral School, Margaret attended Vandebilt and graduated in 1983. She then earned a Bachelor in Science in 1988 from McNeese State University, where she was also a four-year letterman in both volleyball and softball. Johnson joined the Vandebilt faculty in 1989 and has since served in the capacities of head volleyball and softball coach, Physical Education Department chairperson, assistant athletic director, classroom teacher, and currently serves as the Athletic Director. Margaret has enjoyed tremendous success during her career at Vandebilt. She has been recognized as Coach of the Year numerous times on the district, regional, and state levels. Margaret served as head coach of Louisiana’s high school all-star teams in 1996 and 2010, and she was inducted into the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Margaret was honored by Vandebilt in 2009 as a nominee for the Brother Alfred Kolb Teacher of the Year Award and inducted into the Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame in 2013. In her twenty-four years as a head coach at Vandebilt Catholic, Margaret led her softball team to the state tournament twenty times, resulting in seven state championships and six state runner-up titles. Johnson’s success is supported by her husband, Ricky, and their sons Joshua (VCHS 2010) and Hayden (VCHS 2013).

Johnson stated: “I am truly humbled for being awarded this prestigious honor. It’s definitely overwhelming. I want to thank Vandebilt Catholic for allowing me the privilege to mentor and coach the most amazing young women I’ve ever met. This honor is dedicated to all of my inspiring athletes, their amazing parents, my dedicated assistant coaches, my unconditionally loving family, and most of all, our loving God, for carrying me through all of my most trying times in life. Each of these individuals has helped shape me into the person I am today. I am grateful for my journey thus far.”

The National High School Coaches Association serves high school coaches and athletic directors throughout the United States through education, recognition, and support. Their goal is to promote high school athletics and provide professional services and opportunities for all high school coaches. The NHSACA provides resources to promote professional growth, and attitude of teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles for Athletes, Coaches, and Athletic Directors. The NHSCS Hall of Fame dates back to 1996 with approximately 30 inductees per year from high schools across the country.

The Vandebilt community is blessed to have worked alongside Margaret Johnson for nearly thirty years, and she epitomizes the qualities that a Catholic educational institution strives to instill in its students.

For more information, please contact Katie Anderson at kanderson@htdiocese.org or 985-580-1868.