Chris Johns makes his way to Northwest Florida State College after coaching at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. Johns began his coaching career at the University of Northern Colorado. After two years at his alma mater, Johns went to Iowa Western Community College. In his three seasons at Iowa Western he was part of two National Championship squads in 2010 and 2012 and a 3rd place finish in 2011. He helped send seventeen pitchers on to four year schools, twelve of them being Division 1. His 2013 pitching staff had the lowest ERA in school history, which was also the lowest ERA in the country that year. From Iowa Western, Johns went to back to the Division I level at Hofstra University. His pitching staff set two school records in two of his three years there, most strikeouts in a season (321) in 2013 and lowest ERA in a season (4.89) in 2014.
During the offseason, Johns has spent time as the pitching coach for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League as well as the Keene Swamp Bats in the New England Collegiate League. Each league recognized as two of the top collegiate summer leagues in the nation.
In his eight years of coaching collegiately Johns has coached 37 players that have continued their careers in professional baseball. The highest draft pick he coached was Bryan Verbitsky who was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Johns is a 2001 graduate of Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He started his collegiate playing career at Lamar Community College where he currently holds the record for career wins with 21. He was an All-American in 2003 and was projected as the top junior college pitcher in the country by Baseball America in 2004. Upon graduation at Lamar, Johns transferred to Louisiana Lafayette for his junior season. His senior year he returned to his home state to pitch for Northern Colorado. Johns was the Bears ace in 2006, posting wins against #2 Nebraska and Big XII Champion Kansas among others.