Contributor - 1998

William Johnson began his coaching career at Wyalusing and Wellsboro before arriving at Corning Northside High School for the 1960 season where he coached basketball and football. When the new schools were built, Bill went to work at Corning East High where he became the first football coach of the school for the 1963 season. He coached the Trojans until the 1973 season when he took over as Athletic Director and served in that capacity until 1983. He coached the first undefeated team at Corning East in 1970 when the Trojans completed an 8-0 season with a 34-0 shutout of rival West. Bill taught and coached for 35 years following a very successful career at Mansfield University where he earned 11 varsity letters. Following a stint in the Army Air Corp where he served as a B-17 waist gunner in 35 missions over Germany, he signed a pro contract to play baseball with the St. Louis Browns. He was elected to the Mansfield University Hall of Fame in 1985 and is also a member of the Tioga County Hall of Fame. A scratch golfer, Bill has won the Bath County Club Championship several times and has also captured the Steuben County Tournament Championship.