Johnston named new Bulldog wrestling coach

Butte High has landed a new head wrestling coach.

Ronan head wrestling coach Cory Johnston was offered the position Friday and accepted Monday afternoon, according to Butte School District director of human resources Therese McClafferty.

Five applicants vied for the job following the recent resignation of Jim Bob Humphrey, but McClafferty said she was pleased with the hire, which will be finalized pending approval of the school board.

“We were very excited to have him apply, and I think he was happy to get the offer,” McClafferty said.

Johnston, whose Butte roots include grandparents still living in the Mining City, has plenty of mat experience, from both the wrestling and coaching points of view. He had a stellar high school career wrestling for his father Mark in Glasgow, winning a pair of state titles in 2001 and 2002, as well as runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2003.

Johnston went on to become an NAIA All-American wrestler for Dickinson State in 2008, the same year his father Mark resigned from his position in Glasgow to take an administrative post in Ronan. Mark Johnston coached the Scotties for 17 years, leading his teams to five state titles. The elder Johnston wrestled to the 112-pound state title in 1980 for Butte Central.

Cory Johnston took over the Ronan wrestling program in 2012.