Diablo coach Bob Johnson was named today as the NFL High School Coach of the Year. Johnson was one of five finalists after he was nominated by his former student Mark Sanchez, now quarterback for the New York Jets, and by Nick Reed, defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks.
The award provides $10,000 to the Diablo football program, $5,000 to Coach Johnson, and two tickets to the Superbowl.
The honor recognizes Johnson for his positive development of players who were recruited into the NFL.
Johnson has coached over 30 years, winning four CIF Championships and seven League Championships. He is a media celeb for his renown as a trainer of quarterbacks. Bob played at Fresno State, and his two sons were also quarterbacks.
Earlier this month Johnson was the offensive coordinator for the West at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
Players trained include:
COLLEGE PLAYERS: Adrian McPherson, Florida State; Matt Gutierrez,Michigan; Jeff Smoker, Michigan State; Kyle Boller, CAL; Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin; Rohan Davey, LSU; Kasey Clawson, Tennessee; Chris Lewis, Stanford; Chris Rix, Florida State; DJ Shockley, Georgia; R.J. Toman, U of New Hampshire
PRO PLAYERS: Brock Berlin, Miami; Drew Brees, San Diego Chargers; David Carr, Houston Texans; AJ Feely, Philadelphia Eagles; Joey Harrington, Detroit Lions; Rob Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals; Tim Rattay, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Redman, Baltimore Ravens; Mark Sanchez, NY Jets; Marques Tuiasosopo, Oakland Raiders [Source: hitrunscore.com]