Clinton High School has named Lorri Johnson its new volleyball coach.
Johnson takes the reins of the Lady Dragons program from longtime head Coach Susan Zellner, and Johnson said she knows that she has some big shoes to fill.
“I know that Susan has done a lot for the community, and she’s done a lot for kids as far as helping them get college scholarships, and Susan definitely deserves respect,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to get started.”
Johnson has spent the last two seasons as Clinton Middle School’s coach. Before landing with the Lady Hawks, she coached at Knoxville Central High School.
With the Lady Bobcats, Johnson sparked some enthusiasm into a dormant program. Central reached the Region 2-AA Tournament in 2018.
Johnson said she’s eagerly anticipating her new position with the Lady Dragons.
For Kenzlee and Charlotte Hutchison, sports is a family affair.
Kenzlee once competed in three sports for the Clinton City Blaze, a unique elementary school athletic program that gives young student-athletes the chance to compete. The Blaze program includes competitors from Clinton, North Clinton and South Clinton elementary schools.
Kenzlee, now a seventh-grader at Clinton Middle School, and her younger sister, Charlotte, both competed at the AAU Junior Olympics last summer and both earned All-America honors at last summer’s games. Kenzlee was named All-American in both the shotput and the discus, while competing for Knoxville Youth Athletics, while Charlotte, now a second-grader at Clinton Elementary School, was named All-American in the shotput after completing first grade last summer.