dennis johnson

Dennis Johnson was an active member of the Saint Bonaventure community for 26 years from July of 1984 until his retirement  in June of 2010 He served in a variety of roles, but most notably as the 14 year Head Varsity Baseball Coach. Coach Johnson attended Saint Finbar School in Burbank before moving onto Saint Anthony’s Boys Home in Arizona for his middle and early high school years. He came back to California to attend L.A. Poly High School in Sun Valley where he participated in Football and Baseball. He describes himself talent wise as “just an average player with at best an average bat and good defense (shortstop)”. He moved on to Cal State Northridge where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Religious Studies with a minor in Classical History. He received his Masters from Mount St. Mary’s in Religious  Studies.

He came to Saint Bonaventure in the summer of 1984 and served as a fulltime Religion teacher for 26 years. He was the ASB Moderator for 3 years, the Seraph Scrolls advisor for 20 years (1990-2010) and the Yearbook Advisor in 2010. He also served as Religious Department Chairperson for 17 years.


Coach Johnson began his coaching career at SBHS as the JV Head Baseball Coach before taking over the helm of the program in 1988. In his 14 years of leading the Varsity, his teams reached the CIF-SS Playoffs 13 times. He guided the Seraphs to the CIFSS Semi-finals four times (all consecutive from 1998-2001). He led the team to the CIFSS Quarterfinal another two times. His career was actually bookmarked by these runs as the Seraphs reached the Quarters during his first two seasons of coaching and he closed his career with the 4 consecutive Semi-Final appearances. He led the Seraphs to 5 Tri Valley League Championships. Coach Johnson retired with an overall record of 188-131-2. The 188 wins represent the most wins by any coach in school history in any sport. His teams were even better in league play winning at a 64% clip while providing 109 wins of his total. He was twice named TVL Coach of the Year (1989, 1994) and was named Ventura County Coach of the Year in 1999 by the L.A. Times and by the Ventura County Baseball Coaches Association.

Johnson also served the school’s athletic programs in other ways. He served as the home game announcer for Girls Volleyball and Girls Basketball for 24 years (1986-2010), Boys Basketball his last 11 years, and Varsity Baseball his last 7 years before retirement. In addition, he did the layout and Desktop Publishing of the Fall, Winter and Spring Sports books from 1988-2001 and provided the photography for the Sports Books from 1988 through June of 2010.

Coach Johnson lists his highlights as “too many to mention” in the three areas of coaching, announcing and the sports books; but overall states the major highlight is the “honor and privilege of working with young people, both as an educator and as a coach.”  He goes on to say, “Any success I may have achieved is due to the efforts of these young student-athletes with whom I have been blessed to work. I could add that I particularly cherish the memory of the many players of seemingly average physical talents who never gave up on themselves, stayed positive, worked hard and excelled through sheer determination. I also wish to express my appreciation to the many parents, my fellow staff members and the assistant coaches who have aided me over the years in my various endeavors with athletics here at Saint Bonaventure.” 

During the 2010 Baseball season, Coach Johnson was honored by having his uniform # 22 retired from the Seraph Baseball program, the first time this honor has been bestowed upon a member of the baseball program. Upon retirement, Coach Johnson moved to Spokane, Washington  to live close to his two sons and daughters-in-law, and his five grandchildren.