Football Coaching Staff
Clarence Johnson
Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
Other Position: Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator
Experience: 6 Years

Recruiting Areas: Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, Eastern PA, Central Florida

Clarence Johnson is in seventh season as an assistant coach at Marist. He will coach the team's linebackers in 2016 after having served as safeties coach from 2010-15. Johnson also added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2011.

Johnson's position group has annually been among the most talented on the Marist roster since his arrival. In the 2015 season, free safety Zach Adler closed out his impressive career with 17 interceptions, and was named Second Team All-PFL. Safety Mike Marston was named All-PFL Honorable Mention.

In 2014, Adler led the FCS in interceptions per game, was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press, and was named First Team All-PFL.

In the 2013 season, the Red Foxes had two Second Team All-PFL safeties in Adler and senior captain Nick Kaszei. In 2012, his position group made a significant impact on Marist’s defense. Senior captain Nick Mainiero was named Second Team All-PFL, and Adler burst onto the scene by leading the PFL with four interceptions.

Johnson came to Marist from West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., where he coached from 2007-09. As defensive backs coach, Johnson was responsible for coaching the team's safeties and cornerbacks. He also worked with the kickoff and punt returners. In his tenure with the Golden Rams, he coached five All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference players, including three safeties and two return specialists. He coached in two NCAA Tournaments there. 

A member of the American Football Coaches Associations and Black Coaches and Administrators Association, Johnson also has served as a football official in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic Association. 

Johnson is a 1992 graduate of West Chester, with a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration. He was a three-year member of the Golden Rams as a cornerback and safety, and played on two NCAA playoff teams. 

A resident of Poughkeepsie, Johnson and his wife, Gina, were married in July 2010.