Having restored the Crescenta Valley High girls' golf program during an era which included a pair of Pacific League championships, Coach Ken Johnson had to follow through with a difficult choice.
Johnson faced the decision of whether to continue as coach or hit the road to New Mexico to watch his daughter, Amanda Rose Johnson, launch her collegiate soccer career. Johnson chose family first and recently resigned his post.
This fall, instead of instructing players with their long and short games, Johnson will reside in a motel in Las Vegas, N.M., so he can observe his daughter's matches. Living out of a suitcase for two months isn't a concern for Johnson.
"The golf season is at the same time as the soccer season," said Johnson, who will watch Amanda play for NCAA Division II program New Mexico Highlands University that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. "I'm sad and glad at the same time because I wanted to continue coaching, but Amanda will be playing soccer.