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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Monroe searching for new boys, girls track coach; Sherwood's Hanson 5th at Georgia Junior Golf Championship

Monroe boys and girls track & field coach Latoyia Johnson has left the program, and a search for her replacement has begun.

Monroe boys and girls track & field coach Latoyia Johnson has left the program, and a search for her replacement has begun.

ALBANY — The Monroe High School boys and girls track & field program is looking for new leadership after the head coach for the past two years, Latoyia Johnson, “has moved on,” according to Monroe A.D. Charles Truitt.

Johnson herself also confirmed to The Herald on Wednesday that she is no longer the coach of the Tornadoes and Lady Tornadoes, or a teacher at the school.

Johnson, however, would not say why.

“I’m not going to mix my personal business with anything having to do with the school, so I decline to answer that question,” she said when asked about the circumstances surrounding her sudden departure.

Johnson, who took over for former coach Octavia Jones when Jones left to become the head football coach at Westover in 2011, was head coach for just two years. Jones led the girls program to a staggering three straight track & field titles with the help of former three-time Herald Player of the Year and current Clemson star Mimieux Land, then he turned the program over to Johnson, who helped guide the Lady Tornadoes to their fourth straight GHSA crown — a new state record — in 2012. But after so much success, 2013 was a disappointing season of sorts for Monroe, which finished fourth at the recent state meet in Albany.

Truitt said the search for a new coach has already begun.

“We’re looking right now, and the new coach will probably do the same as before (like Jones and Johnson) and coach both the boys and girls team,” he told The Herald.

SCA’s Hanson 5th at Ga. Jr. Championship

COLUMBUS — Albany’s Tyler Hanson couldn’t make up any ground in the final round of the Georgia Junior Championship golf tournament Wednesday and finished fifth with a three-round score of 3-over — four strokes behind champion Marcus Byrd of Dunwoody.

Hanson, a rising sophomore at Sherwood who was tied for the lead after the opening day of the tournament, entered the final round in fourth place but fired a 3-over 75 on Wednesday to slip a position.

He did, however, earn a spot on the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match team with his Top 8 finish.

Albany native Tyler Joiner, who began the final round in a tie for 20th, finished tied for ninth at 10-over with a final-round score of 75. Joiner will be the first alternate for the Ga.-Fla. Challenge Match.