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49ers PREP selects Stephen Johnson of Branham High School as the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week presented by U.S. Bank


The Branham Bruins were able to win against the previously undefeated Willow Glen Rams on Friday, October 11th, to a close score of 41-27. This was a highly anticipated game which quality programs. The Bruins were nervous going into the game and knew that they would have to play hard all four quarters. Coach Johnson believes that capitalizing on end-zone catches and the team's ability to manage conversions is what helped seal the victory.   

Outside of coaching football, Johnson spends his time in the classroom educating youth as a substitute teacher and working with The Foundation for Hispanic Education. Johnson considers himself as a "nerd" and loves strategy and mental games, which might be where his passion for football comes from. "I'm living my dream," says Johnson.

In 2010, Johnson graduated from Branham High School and has worked hard to give back to his alma mater who gave him so much. Although this is only Coach Johnson's second season as head coach, this year's team is a glimpse at his ability to build a successful football program. "What I think this team boils down to is trust," says Johnson. "The players are able to have confidence in our coaching staff with no reservations."

When asked what being named the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week means to him, Coach Johnson said, "I started to learn about Charlie when I was young, it is surreal to have my name associated with his."  

As our 49ers PREP Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week presented by U.S. Bank, Johnson will receive a $1,000 grant for the Branham football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, he will also receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. Johnson will also be invited to visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will officially present him with his award. Johnson will be featured on the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report presented by U.S. Bank on Sunday's at 6 & 10 p.m. on NBC Sports California, which will continue to air throughout the week.

Congratulations, Coach Johnson!