14 Dec 2021 | 01:54 | Baseball
TAMPA (July 30, 2021) – University of South Florida head baseball coach Billy Mohl has announced the addition of Chris Johns to the Bulls’ coaching staff.
Johns has previously spent time at Northwest Florida State College, Hofstra University, Iowa Western Community College and the University of Northern Colorado.
“I want to welcome Chris and his fiancé Tara to the Bulls baseball family,” Mohl said. “Chris recently had a very successful stint as the recruiting coordinator at Northwest Florida State where he saw many of his athletes develop into professional draft picks. His commitment to the student athletes, his ability to develop them and his track record in the state of Florida in doing so will be huge assets to our program.”
At Northwest Florida State College, Johns saw 10 of his former players selected in the MLB Draft during his tenure from 2016-21. An additional seven players were drafted from Iowa Western where he served as the pitching coach from 2009-12.
While at Iowa Western, his team won the NJCAA National Championship in 2010 and 2012.
Johns also spent time instructing players in the New England Collegiate Summer League and the Northwoods League, where he began his coaching career after graduating from Northern Colorado.
What Others Are Saying About Chris Johns…
“Chris is a great hire for USF. Everywhere he has been, his impact on the field has been obvious. However, even more importantly, he is a great person who truly cares about his players. He has a tremendous work ethic and there is no doubt in my mind that the players and staff at USF will love him.”
-Mike Current, Director of Baseball Player Development at South Carolina
“Coach Johns will do a fantastic job at USF and be a major asset for their organization. The Bulls just got one of the most dynamic recruiters in the country and someone who has an incredible work ethic. The future is bright for USF baseball.”
-Ramsey Ross, Athletic Director and Northwest Florida State
“Chris has a tremendous passion for the game and desire to win every day. He will develop players and do an outstanding job representing the program publicly. He has prepared for this opportunity and will be a great addition to the staff at USF.”
-John Russo, former Head Coach at Hofstra
About USF Baseball
The USF Baseball program played its first season in 1966 and is entering its 56th season in 2021. The Bulls have won 1,628 games entering the 2021 season and made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three since 2015. The Bulls have won four conference tournament titles (3 Sun Belt and 1 Metro) and had 126 all-conference selections. USF baseball players have been recognized with All-America honors 12 times, most recently with third baseman David Villar in 2018. Four players were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, including the program’s fourth first round selection in pitcher Shane McClanahan, who appeared in the 2020 World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls saw continued success in head coach Billy Mohl’s first season in 2018, reaching 36 wins, advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time since 2012, and making the program’s latest NCAA Tournament appearance while also achieving a ranking in multiple polls for the final two months of the season.