Frank Johnson has been named interim head men’s and women’s wrestling coach at Linfield University, the McMinnville, Oregon, school announced yesterday. Former coach Chad Hanke stepped down from the position last month, and Johnson will take over. Linfield will enter their second season of competition for men and women in 2023-2024. Johnson has twelve years of collegiate head coaching experience at Warner Pacific University and his alma mater Pacific University and has seventeen years of high school head coaching experience.
Linfield took the mats for the first time this season. Jacob Barnes and Micah Worthington placed 5th and 8th, respectively, at the Upper Midwest Regional.
Frank Johnson has been appointed interim head coach of the Linfield University men’s and women’s wrestling teams, director of athletics Dr. Garry Killgore announced on Monday. He replaces Chad Hanke, who resigned his position in March.
“I am really excited to add Frank to our coaching staff,” said Killgore. “It’s really special to be able to add a coach of Frank’s caliber to our team. He comes highly recommended from the Restore Oregon Wrestling group and I have nothing but admiration for that group of people, too. Once I got to talk with Frank, I realized what a great fit he would be for our program. He’s going to be a super great leader for our student-athletes and he’ll be an outstanding teammate for the people upstairs to work with as well.”
A seasoned leader with 12 years of collegiate head coaching experience, Johnson is eager to take over Linfield’s prospering wrestling program, which will begin its second year of varsity competition this fall.