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Bill JohnsonIn 2015, the John F. Lundgren 1973 Head Coach of Men’s Golf was renamed in honor of the squad’s long-time coach, Bill Johnson.

Lundgren was named president and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., in 2010, when The Stanley Works, where he had been chairman and CEO since 2004, merged with Black & Decker. He serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Company, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Students in Free Enterprise, and is a national trustee of The First Tee. Lundgren is also a member of the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board. A psychology major and golf team captain at Dartmouth, he graduated cum laude, and earned his MBA from Stanford University in 1975.

Johnson coached the men’s golf team at Dartmouth for over 30 years, leading the Big Green to a trio of Ivy League Championships. During his tenure from 1967 to 2001, Johnson saw 17 of his Big Green student-athletes compete in NCAA competition. He coached four All-Americans and was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a member of the NCAA golf committee from 1978-84, serving as its chair from 81-84.

Johnson co-founded not only the New Hampshire Junior Golf Association, but also the New Hampshire chapter of the New England PGA. In 1999, he was honored by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association for his contributions to the game. Most recently, Johnson was inducted into Dartmouth’s Wearers of the Green in 2004 and earned the Golf Coaches Association of America Honor Award in 2007.

Johnson was truly a legend and guiding force to generations of Dartmouth golfers. But beyond all of his accomplishments, victories and contributions to collegiate golf, he will always be remembered and celebrated for his incredible humanness, personality and unquenchable spirit. He loved his players, his teams and Dartmouth. His love for golf was boundless and his teachings revolutionary.

As Johnson often said, "Gentleman, there are 18 chapters out there today. Some are good. Some are bad. Just make sure you read each one. And … enjoy yourself."