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Johnson fills D-coordinator position again

•Brett helped lead CHS to playoff berths in 2003, 2004

Johnson fills D-coordinator position again

Brett Johnson has been promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. Johnson was D-coordinator on Bret Durossette’s staff from 2000-2005. He also doubled as the Bulldogs’ head coach...

POSTED August 29, 2013 10:37 a.m.

Ceres High varsity football head coach Bret Durossette has chosen Brett Johnson as his new defensive coordinator.

Johnson worked as the Bulldogs' defensive line coach last year.

Brett was defensive coordinator on Durossette's staff from 2000-2005.

Johnson doubled as Ceres High's head coach/defensive play-caller for five seasons (2006-10).

"I'm thankful and blessed he brought me back," Johnson said. "I'm excited. It's something I love to do."

Durossette and Johnson will try to turnaround a program that's amassed a 14-66 record since 2005.

"We haven't been over .500 since 2004," Bret said.

The Bulldogs won one league title, participated in the playoffs twice and posted a 26-36 record when Durossette and Johnson worked together for six years in the past.

Ceres High finished 7-4 on the year, placed third in the Central California Conference (7-2) and returned to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs following an eight-year absence in 2003.

The Bulldogs won a share of the Modesto Metro Conference title-their first league championship in 18 years-and secured their second straight postseason berth in 2004.

"Those were some pretty talented teams," Johnson said. "We had quite a few difference makers on the field."

"I know what I'm going to get out of him (Johnson)," Durossette said. "He's solid. He's comparable to (Central Catholic head coach/former Ceres High assistant) Roger Canepa as far as preparation goes."

"I'm excited to get back into the mix of things again," Johnson said. "You got a responsibility to be prepared. The worse thing to do is wake up Saturday morning, look in the mirror and say I should have done this differently. I want to make Ceres High the best it possibly can be. I love the kids I coach."

Ceres High has qualified for the playoffs just three times during the past 19 years (1994, 2003 and 2004).

The Bulldogs have won just three league titles the last 45 years (1968, 1985, 2004).

"You always have high expectations going in," Johnson said. "I'd be more excited for the kids to experience it (success). I know it can happen. We're going to work our tails off to make it happen."

Ceres High compiled a 2-8 overall record and finished in last place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (0-6) in 2012.

The Bulldogs also ranked last in both offense and defense during league play. Ceres High surrendered 48.5 points per game.

The Bulldogs totaled just four sacks and four interceptions.

Varsity newcomers Tyree Williams (linebacker), Brent Bussard (linebacker), Juan Anderson (defensive back) and Ramon Coral (defensive end) will fill key roles this year.

"We got some talented kids we're excited to work with," Johnson said. "Hopefully, we put it all together and have some success. Depth is not one of our strengths. We need to keep everyone healthy."

Johnson has spent the bulk of his prep football coaching career with the Bulldogs (1991, 1993-2013).

He was defensive coordinator at Modesto's Downey High School in 1992.

"I'm a very loyal person," Johnson said. "I had opportunities to go elsewhere. I couldn't see myself wearing another color even though I didn't graduate from the school. I have great memories from those years (2003-04). We'd love to get back there again."

Ceres High lost 66 of 80 games from 2005-12.



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