The Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) Hall of Fame Committee recently announced six inductees for the MFCA Hall of Fame. Among the six honored was Bethel’s head football coach Steve Johnson. Johnson, who will return for his 28th season as the Royals head coach in the fall of 2016, was the only collegiate coach recognized in the list of Hall of Fame recipients.
Just three wins shy of 200 all-time, Johnson has established himself as one of the top coaches in college football. His 197-87-1 record, which dates back to his first season with the Royals in 1989, ranks No. 4 all-time in career wins among active coaches. Prior to his time at BU, Johnson was an assistant at Montana State, a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, and the head coach at St. Cloud Cathedral.
Johnson, the 2011 MFCA Man of the Year, has captured five MIAC championships and two NCAA West Region titles. Moreover, Johnson has received six MIAC Coach of the Year awards, three West Region Coach of the Year awards, and two AFCA Region Five Coach of the Year awards. He and his staff have constructed 23 consecutive winning seasons with the Royals and have reached the NCAA Division III Playoffs eight times.
The Chicago, Ill., native has coached 11 All-Americans, six conference MVP’s, and over 150 All-Conference players. In addition to his success on the football field, Johnson has been just as accomplished off the field as a speaker and clinician. He has presented multiple times at the MFCA Minnesota Football Clinic and Glazer Clinics in addition to his engagements with the Minnesota Vikings FCA camp. Johnson has also taught a J-term class at Bethel called, “The Band of Brothers,” which follows the steps of World War II and Easy Company (101st Airborne) through Europe.
The 2016 inductees will be formally enshrined in the MFCA Hall of Fame at the 52nd Annual Football Hall of Fame banquet on April 2, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place.