UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is mourning the sudden loss of a beloved coach at Wise High School community Jeff Johnson, also known as “Big Jeff,” who passed away early Friday morning.
Big Jeff, was also a reputed streetball legend in the Washington, D.C-area. Details are scarce on how the athletic coach died but fans have been sending their condolences through social media. However, according to Jason Gordon, the Wise Athletic Director, Jeff was found unresponsive on the couch. There is no known cause of death at this time.
Besides coaching at Wise High School, Big Jeff, was the commissioner of the Watts League, a streetball league that featured basketball players from the DMV area. According to reports, Big Jeff worked tirelessly with the youth in Washington D.C and in Prince George’s County. He was currently a coach at Wise High School football team. He was a major voice in community basketball as well.
On Thursday night, Johnson posted a photo on Instagram of a Thanksgiving gathering spending time with his family. Dozens of people are using the post to write their condolences. Now he has transitioned to a better place.
Johnson was the first JV football coach at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. The school’s athletic program tweeted that he helped start The Wise Way Foundation and was a “staple in his community.”
Wise Athletics tweeted, “Tonight is for you big fella!”