St. Peter’s Prep provides a new challenge for long-time gridiron coach Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson has enjoyed a long and successful coaching career. And now, the Passaic Valley educator and former Hornet football player and coach, is beginning a new challenge, as an assistant football coach at St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City.

Johnson served two tenures as head football coach at Passaic Valley, first from 1999-2003 and later, from 2012-2014. In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Johnson has been an assistant coach at a number of schools, including his collegiate alma mater, Montclair State. He coached at St. Joseph (Montvale) in 2015 and 2016 and helped the Green Knights to a state title in 2016. Johnson was on the staff at Don Bosco Prep last fall.


Bill Johnson has enjoyed a long tenure as a teacher at Passaic Valley High, as well as a head coach and assistant high school and college football coach. (Click on photo for larger image)

“I’m excited about it,” said Johnson last week. “(St. Peter’s Prep head coach) Rich Hansen and I go back a long time and it will be good to work with him and the staff.”

St. Peter’s Prep was 9-3 in 2017. The Marauders advanced to the Non-Public, Group 4 championship game, at MetLife Stadium, before losing to the state’s top-ranked team, Bergen Catholic. The program last won a state championship in 2014.

“We should have a really good team again this year,” said Johnson. “It’s amazing how quickly a new season comes around.”

In September, Johnson will also begin another year as an educator at Passaic Valley High, where he’s a history teacher. He has put together a year-end project for the students, researching Medal of Honor recipients.

“I love Passaic Valley,” said Johnson. “It’s been a great place for me, in my career. The kids are wonderful, as well as the staff and administration.”

While Johnson no longer coaches football at PV, he’s still a coach for the Green and White.

“I’ll be back coaching girls track again next spring,” said Johnson, who has been the head coach of the girls track program at PV for 15¬†years. He was also the winter track coach for many years.

Johnson has mentored a number of young football coaches over the years.

“I still enjoy working with the kids, in football and track,” said Johnson. “And some of the kids I once coached are now coaches themselves. That’s great to see.”

By mike051893