Ty Johnson steps down as West Brunswick boys basketball coach

After spending the past two seasons at the boys basketball coach at West Brunswick, Ty Johnson has stepped down.

Johnson, who went 26-25 during his time with the Trojans, has accepted the same job at Cox Mill.

“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but it was the right decision for my family,” said Johnson, who also had a one-year stint as the girls coach in 2015-16. “I can’t say enough good things about West Brunswick. It’s a great place to work with great support from the administration, AD and community. I will always love my time in Shallotte and I plan on coming back to vacation here with my family.”

West Brunswick finished with a 14-13 overall record and 7-7 clip in the Mideastern Conference a year ago. They gave top-seeded Hillside a scare in the first round of the 3A playoffs before falling 58-49.

The Trojans graduated three seniors, but return plenty of talent, including senior Jadyn Parker. The 6-foot-7 forward led the team in points (12.3), rebounds (10.7) and blocks (1.2) last year. He currently holds offers from Campbell, North Florida, UNC Asheville and Rider among others.

“The group I left are not only great players, but also great people and students,” Johnson said. “The new coach is going to get a group of kids who work incredibly hard and I know they will love them just as much as I do.”

Cox Mill is one of the most successful programs in the state. The Chargers have reached at least the fourth round of the 3A playoffs each of the past four seasons, including back-to-back state titles in 2017 and 2018.

Last year, Cox Mill went 28-3 and reached the West Regional final before falling to eventual state champion Southwest Guilford. They graduated their top five scorers, including Wendell Moore Jr., who will suit up for Duke this winter.

“It’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to,” Johnson said. “Every coach puts expectations on themselves to win, but you also want to be in a program where they expect you to win. There are a whole bunch of emotions going on right now, but I’m looking forward to meeting the kids and getting to work.”