Zontavius Johnson has decided to leave North Lawndale College Prep to coach girls track and field at Homewood-Flossmoor. This leaves a major void in the NLCP boys and girls track program and the football team where he was head coach for years.
This is a major loss, as the CPS loses a quality coach that is well known in CPS circles for building up a North Lawndale Boys and Girls track program and a football program. He coached 19 all-state runners and 3 state champions while at NLCP.
On the football program, he led a NLCP program to heights never before seen in their school history. Previous to his arrival, NLCP was a classic Chicago Conference school. Under his two year helm, his teams have been i(and stayed(n the tougher Illini conference. Signature wins over his career include wins against: Morgan Park, Hubbard, Raby, Payton, and Rich East. Johnson helped make the decision for North Lawndale to play in the Illini Red Bird conference - arguably the toughest conference in the CPS that features Simeon and defending city champion Curie. NLCP was by far the smallest enrollment school in the conference and still managed to finish 4th in the conference with wins against Dunbar and Taft.
He reportedly (unconfirmed) will finish out the football season at NLCP before moving on to coach H-F- where his team will surely be a state trophy contender.
I loved the swag, confidence, and technical ability you brought to NLCP. Good luck to Coach Johnson.