Created on Thursday, 08 November 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Johnny Graher is leaving Riverside for a second time.
Graher announced his resignation as the Pirates’ head football coach Monday afternoon following two seasons at the helm.
It was the second coaching stint at the school for Graher. He also led Riverside’s football program for a seven-year run in the 1990s.
“I would like to inform the Riverside school community that I have resigned my position as head football coach at Riverside HS,” said Graher in a release he sent out Monday. “I want to thank the administrators and faculty for their support to me and our football program over the past two years. I have nothing but kind words for the great Riverside school community. They have been very kind and gracious to me and my family over the years. I have made many wonderful friends and wish them all well in the future.”
Graher first arrived at Riverside in 1993 and served as head coach until 1999. During that time, he led the team to a pair of playoff appearances and two league championships.
After leaving Riverside, he coached at Mississinawa Valley for five seasons and at National Trail for two seasons.
When the head coaching position opened at Riverside two years ago, Graher decided to return to the Logan County school.
Battling low numbers, the Pirates had a tough time during the last two seasons. They went 1-9 in 2011 and, officially, went 0-9 this fall. They did have a win over Emmanuel Christian, which played this season as a junior varsity squad.