Liberty’s Johnny Isom Reaches 300 Career Wins

Liberty’s Johnny Isom Reaches 300 Career Wins

by Steve Gamel

Liberty Christian baseball coach Johnny Isom earned his 300th career win on the diamond last month.

The longtime coach, who in 12 seasons has led the Warriors to two TAPPS state titles, picked up the win on April 21 in a 7-1 district win over Dallas Parish Episcopal. For his efforts, not only did Isom keep his team in the playoff mix, but school officials awarded him by dedicating a small pond behind the left field wall in his honor. They named it Isom Cove.

Isom, ever the humble coach, deflected all praise coming his way.

“Getting to 300 wins is not something you always focus on, but when you do get there it’s a cool feeling,” Isom told the Denton Record-Chronicle a few days after the win. “It means I’m old, and it also means we’ve been successful. I’ve had a lot of good kids and coaches to be around over the years to help make this happen.”

The win did not come easy. As crazy as it sounds, Isom had to do it twice.

According to the same article in the DRC, Liberty Christian was forced to forfeit all its wins through the preseason and the first two games of district due to an ineligible player. Starting catcher Kevin House had transferred to Liberty Christian from Dallas Jesuit for the start of the school year, but his paperwork was not submitted to TAPPS.

Suddenly, Liberty’s record plummeted to a staggering 0-25. That included reversing Isom’s initial 300th win on Feb. 17.

He reached the milestone again just over two months later as he was only six wins shy of the mark entering the season.

Regardless of the clerical error, Isom still had his team in the playoff mix. And historically, his contributions to the Liberty Christian program cannot be understated. The Warriors have never missed the playoffs with Isom at the helm.

Liberty won three state titles over the course of 11 seasons. The first was in 2003, when Isom was an assistant coach.

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