Ron Johnson is the Owner and Director of Rising Stars Football Academy LLC. Coach Johnson started his career at York Catholic High School, where he is a member of the York Catholic Hall of Fame. He was a Big 33 Nominee and went on to play Defensive End for the Shippensburg University Red Raiders. He earned All-Conference PSAC Honors at Ship 3 out of 4 years and is 3rd on the All-Time Sack list.
In 2003 he Graduated from Ship with a B.A. in Speech Communications. That same year he was selected as a Rookie Free Agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2003 NFL Draft. He was selected to the practice squad for the first 4 weeks of the season before being promoted to the active roster. That year 4 out of 22 Rookie Free Agents from camp made the Eagles Active Roster, and Ron was one of the 4.
In his 2nd season with the Eagles he suffered a spinal injury and was released. Coach Johnson was then selected as the number 1 Draft Pick in the 2005 NFL Europe Free Agent Draft and was selected to play for the Hamburg Sea Devils in Germany. Ron officially retired from the NFL in 2005 due to the severity of his spinal injury.
Upon retiring from the NFL, Ron had a vision to start a football camp for players of all levels to teach advanced techniques and skills to help players take their game to the next level. He also wanted to incorporate a focus on education, leadership and student athlete development. He wanted to inspire football players to lead by example and succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
Ron enjoys speaking to student athletes of all ages around the country and enjoys sharing his story of what it takes to succeed in life and the importance of an education. He enjoys speaking on a number of topics.
Coach Johnson is entering his 7th year as the Defensive Line Coach at Red Lion High School in York County’s YAIAA in District III. He loves coaching and teaching the game of football, but enjoys helping his athletes develop on the field, in the classroom and in the community the most.