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Johnson names Hodge new baseball coach
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Jared Hodge couldn’t have asked for better training prior to landing his first head baseball coaching job at Johnson.

He spent three years at North Hall working under Trent Mongero from 2007-2009, and the 2010 season learning the game from longtime Hall County coach Jimmy Lawler in his final season at Flowery Branch. The last three seasons, he worked alongside Chris Akridge at Habersham Central.

“I’ve learned from some of the best,” said Hodge, who graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2009.

“Coach Mongero is one of the best teachers there is in baseball, and it was great to be a part of the program at Flowery Branch.”

On Wednesday, Hodge was named the Knights’ coach. He takes over for former coach Tony Wilson, who resigned May 30 shortly after his arrest on a charge of public indecency related to an on-campus incident.

“I’m very excited to be the new coach at Johnson and thankful the school gave me this opportunity,” said Hodge, who played his high school career at North Hall and graduated in 2004.

Hodge spent one season playing at Piedmont College in 2005, then transferred to North Georgia to finish his education.

Johnson finished the 2013 season with a 1-15 mark. The Knights last made the playoffs in 2005 and advanced to the second round that season.

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