After two decades of unwavering commitment, Athletics Coordinator Nancy Johnson is bidding farewell to CC. Johnson played an integral role in the success of athletics, assisting an astounding 37 state championship-winning teams. Her unwavering commitment and tireless efforts behind the scenes have been instrumental in nurturing a culture of excellence and fostering a spirit of sportsmanship among the athletic department.
Johnson joined CC in 2002, drawn by her son's involvement in the music department. Over the years, she witnessed transformative changes, from a new campus in Novi–including CC’s first football stadium– to advancements in technology and shifts in leadership.
When asked to recall a standout memory from her time at CC, Johnson recounts several cherished moments. One such memory is the exhilarating pride of witnessing Coach Tony Magni's cross country team triumph at the 2009 state championship at the Michigan International Speedway. “It was such an exciting surprise glancing across the field and seeing the Royal Blue and White at the front of all of the runners heading to the finish line,” said Johnson.
Another memory highlights the kindness of Coach Rod, who brought her a chili dog during a particularly challenging morning. Additionally, Johnson expressed her appreciation for Coach Tom Mach's wisdom, spirituality, and unique approach to coaching.
The most rewarding aspect of her role? The connections made with the CC community. Johnson says she will miss the people and students the most.
Johnson remarked on the commitment of the Basilian Fathers to the mission of CC: “I was fortunate to know and work with the legendary Fr. Ned Donoher, Fr. John Ward, and Fr. Richard Elmer,” said Johnson. “Their dedication to CC and to the students was so genuine and inspiring. They were true to the saying, ‘Live and DIe for CC High. Fr. Richard Ranalletti was principal at CC for ten years, including during our move to Novi. Fr. Ranalletti did an excellent job with the transition. I appreciate the continuing work by Fr. John O’Neill, Fr. John Wheeler, Fr. Dennis Kauffman, Fr. Rob Moslosky, and Fr. Patrick Fulton.”
Lastly, Johnson thanks the Athletic Directors she had the privilege of working with during her tenure. “I would like to thank Bob Santello for the opportunity to work at CC. I appreciate what he taught me about CC and athletics–we had a wonderful working relationship. I would also like to thank Aaron Babicz for the last 14 years of working together. His trust in me and respect for my work was so appreciated. We worked well together and always got the job done!”
As Johnson retires, CC expresses deep gratitude for her lasting impact and wishes her a fulfilling retirement.