Making a deep dive with De’Aumante

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Q&A with De’Aumante Johnson, Head Football Coach, Bossier High

Brecheen: What has Bossier High School, the administration and coaches come to mean to you?

Johnson: “First and foremost, I would like to thank God for all he has done for me. Bossier High is a special place; you’re not going to get a better family environment than Bossier High. The administration and faculty is like no other. Day One they welcomed me in with open arms and nothing has changed at all as I approach my full first year.

“Since Bossier High is the flagship school of Bossier City, a lot of great history has come out of here, so much I wouldn’t be able to sit here and tell it all.

“After getting the job here, I hired five wonderful coaches: Brandon Varner (DLine), Justin Miller (OLine), Virgil William (Corners), CJ Morgan (Safeties), and Marcus Hudson (Defensive Coordinator). All of these great coaches bring similar things to the table, and that’s being a servant leader to these young men we have. I love all of my coaches and all either have playing experience on the college level or have had coached on the college level.”

Brecheen: Where did you grow up and attend high school?

Johnson: “Grew up in Plain Dealing where you really didn’t have much to do but play sports. We are really a small town, 30 minutes north of Bossier City. I was a three-sport athlete. I played quarterback, point guard in basketball and did the long jump/triple jump in track. Played under some great coaches: Larry Moore, Coy Brotherton, Wade Bounds, Anthony Johnson, Josh Burton, and David Bryant, my father.”

Brecheen: How was your college experience?

Johnson: “After graduating from Plain Dealing High School I went to Grambling State University, Fall of 2013. Coming out of high school I was recruited by coach Vyron Brown. I went to Grambling as a preferred walk-on, but due to the season not going as planned, the coaching staff I came in under was fired. So that lead to me having to miss another year with the arrival of Coach (Broderick) Fobbs and his staff. After sitting out all of 2013 and 2014, I finally had my opportunity to walk on in 2015. I made the team in 2015, and from there everything else is history. I helped the Grambling Tigers win a National Championship, made two All Louisiana teams, 1st team All SWAC, Defensive Back of the Year, was eighth in the country in interceptions, National Player of the Week, SWAC Player of the Week, and the Black College Hall of Fame Watch list. Playing for Coach Fobbs and his staff was great. I learned a lot from those guys.”

Brecheen: How do you describe Sedric Applewhite Jr., who signed out of Bossier in 2021?

Johnson: “Last year I had one of the best defensive ends in the state in Sedric. He picked up 19 offers after playing one year of high school football. He’s a one-of-a-kind football player and even better student and person. He signed with the McNeese State Cowboys and their new staff.”

Brecheen: Talk about your team last year as a new coach and moving forward this upcoming year.

Johnson: “When I took over the program last year, June 17, 2021, there were 16 kids on the team. As soon as I got in, I went to work, and the first spot I went to was the gym where all the athletes were. By the time the season rolled around, we had 43 kids on the team. It was great having a winning season the first year after basically being hired when the season was getting started. The kids did a great job adjusting to how we wanted things run. I was very excited to see them happy and having fun. Bossier High football history has always been wonderful and rich. If you ask me, I’m very lucky to be able to have such great athletes around me on this campus. In 2011-2012, we won back-to-back district titles. I think people forget about that sometimes.

“We are looking forward to the 2022 season with 58 players in summer workouts compared to 16 kids I had last summer.”