Rider's Johnston Coaching at Midland
FREEMONT, NEB-Former Rider University baseball player and coach Karl Johnston '11 has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at Midland University.
"I am excited that Karl is getting this opportunity," said Rider head coach Barry Davis. "He has had a significant role in our program these last two years and will continue to develop as a teacher and coach at Midland. I wish him nothing but the best as he takes another career step forward and upward."
Midland is an NAIA program competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Midland Warriors recently hired a new head coach, Jordan Bischel.
""I am thrilled to add Karl to our staff here at Midland University," Bischel said. "He will be an integral part of our program here both this spring and in the coming years. Karl will work extensively with our hitters, base runners, and infielders as well as coordinating our strength and conditioning program."
Johnston played three years at Rider, earning team Most Improved Player honors as a junior. He compiled 119 hits and 104 runs scored in just 105 games started in the Bronc outfield, where he had a .977 career field percentage. He stole 46 bases at Rider, twice leading the team.
"We will also look to Coach Johnston to be a key component in all other areas of our program, including recruiting," Bischel said. "There is a long history of success with Midland Baseball and Karl will be a key contributor as we look to quickly compete at a championship level."
Johnston is a 2007 graduate of the Peddie School, where he earned Prep School All-State honors in both baseball and football.
"It is a positive for our program to have one of our own players moving up in the coaching profession," Davis said. "Karl is also a candidate to be the head coach of the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, a league that is probably a close second to the Cape Cod League as far as amateur baseball goes."