Prairie turns to Erin Johnson for softball post

She was on a state-title team at Jefferson in 1997, CWS at Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS — As a softball player, Erin Johnson won a state championship at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and reached the College World Series at the University of Iowa.

Now, she’ll try to match that kind of success as a coach.

Johnson was named the varsity coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday, pending board approval. She’ll succeed Joe Yegge, who resigned after last season.

“We are excited to have Erin lead our softball program,” Prairie Athletics Director Rocky Bennett said in a statement. “Her success as a player at the high school and collegiate level is second to none. Her knowledge of the game and her experience in developing players at all age levels will serve our program well.”

As Erin Doud, she was a 1997 graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, where she earned 17 varsity letters and was on the J-Hawks’ state-title team in ‘97. She was a four-year starter for Gayle Blevins at the University of Iowa.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead the softball program,” Johnson said in Prairie’s statement. “As a member of the College Community School District, I am looking forward to working with our student athletes with the goal of competing at the highest level year in and year out.”

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