Former Irish standout Jay Johnson named football coach at Washington

This evening at its regular meeting, the South Bend School board has confirmed former Notre Dame football standout and Washington assistant Jay Johnson as the 13th head football coach at South Bend Washington.

Coach Johnson brings a wealth of football background to the Washington program, having served as wide receivers and JV coach on the Washington staff over the past four years. Coach Johnson was also the assistant wrestling coach for the Panthers this past winter.

Coach Johnson found his way to the South Bend area when he was recruited by then-Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz out of his hometown of Starkville, Mississippi. He earned four monograms as a member of the Irish receiving corps. Irish fans will remember his late game heroics against Navy back in 1999, when he hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch from QB Jarious Jackson with 16 seconds to go to seal a 28-24 win.

Coach Johnson has lived in South bend since graduating from Notre Dame in 2000. He and his wife, Emily are the proud parents of Tyler White and Jason Johnson.

Washington Athletic Director Chris Matthys: "We are very excited to have Jay on board as our next Head football coach. He understands our current athletes and their talents better than anyone. As an assistant football and wrestling coach, Jay has proven himself as a tremendous fit for the student-athletes at Washington High School."


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