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    The Court Is His: Dave Johnson Honored By Bunnell

    Bunnell High honored its former and longtime athletic director and coach Dave Johnson by naming the court after him in a ceremony at the the Bunnell-Stratford boys' basketball game on February 11.


    Johnson was the athletic director for 34 years and coached basketball, track and field and cross country for 30.


    "The best part about [the night] was recalling all the great memories and being able to share the evening with the entire Bunnell family. I was so fortunate to work at a school and in a school district that always put kids first," said Johnson, who remains very active with SWC athletics, supporting teams at competitions throughout the school year, and serving as commissioner of the SWC since 2015.


    Johnson has had a variety of roles with the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors and with the CIAC. Johnson has volunteered with several leagues and organizations, including Relay For Life. He continues to volunteer as a Bunnell Unified Sports coach, going back to 2001.


    The list of awards Johnson has received is an impressive one:


    *Bridgeport Post Girls Basketball “Coach of the Year” - 1992

    *CAAD “Past President Award - 1997

    *NIAAA “State Award of Merit” for Connecticut - 2000

    *CIAC Girl’s Basketball Committee “Merit Service Award” - 2008

    *Connecticut High School Coaches Association “State Athletic Director of the Year” - 2010

    *National High School Athletic Coaches Association “National Athletic Director of the Year” - 2011

    *CAAD “Distinguished Service Award” – 2011

    *CIAC “Friends of Unified Sports Award” – 2013

    *Greater New Haven Soccer Officials Association “Recognition Award” - 2014

    *National Football Foundation/Fairfield County Chapter “Distinguished Service Award” – 2015

    *Fairfield County Baseball Umpires “Recognition Award” – 2015

    *Sterling House Community Center “Sterling Spirit Award - 2015

    *Sterling House Community Fund “Lighthouse Award” – 2017

    *Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association “Golden Crown Award” - 2018


    Dave Johnson, fourth from left in the back, is with Bunnell administrators and faculty the night he was honored by Bunnell; the court was named after Johnson, longtime athletic director and coach with Bunnell.