St. Bonaventure Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Albion High grad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Kyle Johnson during his playing days at St. Bonaventure.

Albion High graduate Kyle Johnson will be inducted into the St. Bonaventure University Athletic Hall of Fame on June 7.

Johnson, was a four year starting pitcher for St. Bonaventure from 2000-2003. He holds the school career records for most wins (23) and complete games (16) as well as the single season records for earned run average (1.88 in 2001) and winning percentage (.857, 6-1 in 2002).

The team captain in both his junior and senior years, Johnson is also fifth on the Bonnies career list in starts (34) and earned run average (4.09) and sixth in strikeouts (190).

Johnson was named an All American and the Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Year his sophomore year in 2001. He also earned first team Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors in 2001 and was a second team honoree in 2002.

“Kyle was just a great all around player,” said Gary Mannella who was Johnson’s baseball coach at Albion. “And he’s just a great person.”

A three sport All-Star (baseball, football, basketball) during his scholastic career at Albion he helped hurl the Purple Eagles to the state semifinals his senior season in 1999.

Johnson, who will become the first pitcher to make the Hall of Fame, is a senior analyst with Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C. He and his wife, former Bonnies lacrosse player Brianne Bastian, have two children.