High School Sports

Watch as players, Newton community pay their respects for head coach W.T. Johnston

Former Newton athletic director and head football coach W.T. Johnston passed away on Saturday after battling Graft-versus-host disease for over three years.

He coached the Eagles to back-to-back UIL state titles.

On Wednesday, players and the Newton community celebrated Johnston’s life at Newton’s Singletary Stadium.

In eight seasons, Johnston went 97-15 with the Eagles, capped off with back-to-back UIL state titles, despite suffering from Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), which he developed after receiving a double lung transplant in 2015.

Newton went 15-0 each of the past two seasons and won the 3A Division II title over Gunter in 2017. The Eagles held off Canadian, 21-16, in December before 10,032 at AT&T Stadium.

Then Johnston gave Fox Sports Southwest one of the most powerful post-game speeches:

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.