Coaches and Personnel (2021)
John Johnson brings extensive experience coaching football from both high school and semiprofessional levels, including more than a decade of experience working with women’s semipro teams. From 2010 to 2013, Johnson was the Defensive Coordinator and Head Coach of the New England Intensity, and in 2018 he lead the Renegades to a national title in his third year as head coach. Johnson repeated that feat in 2019. He also held the positions of Defensive Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator with the Boston Bandits men’s semiprofessional football team, of which he was a member for nine years, winning four New England Football League (NEFL) championships during his tenure. Johnson currently coaches at Framingham (Mass.) High School as a Varsity Assistant Coach.
Coach Cliff Ashley joined the Renegades for their inaugural 2015 season as the team’s kicking coach before being promoted to the position of Special Teams Coordinator at the start of the 2016 season. Coach Ashley began his career in women’s football as the athletic trainer and kicking coach for the New England Intensity for eight seasons, accompanying them through seven trips to the playoffs and a national championship berth in 2012. He was the first staff member and the first male to be selected to that team’s Hall of Fame. A collegiate soccer and lacrosse player, he earned a degree in athletic training and has been working with athletes ever since. Cliff has worked in minor-league baseball for the Marlins, in minor-league hockey for the Bruins, and for the US Women’s Rugby team. He was Head Athletic Trainer at Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.), and taught in the Athletic Training Program at Northeastern University while pursuing his graduate studies in exercise physiology.
Coach Brown played receiver at Seekonk (Mass.) High School and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he studied Criminal Justice and Psychology. He joined the Seekonk High coaching staff in 2018 and the Renegades coaching staff in 2019.
Coach Cabrera has over 21 years of football playing experience. She played with the New England Storm, Boston Warriors, Boston Rampage, and Boston Militia before playing for the Boston Renegades until 2018. She is a three-time National Champion (2010, 2011, 2018). Coach Cabrera joined the Renegades staff in 2018, bringing significant experience having played both on the defensive and offensive lines. Off the field, she is a graduate of Emmanuel College and a Lieutenant for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. Cabrera hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a proud New York Giants fan. She plays flag football and basketball for fun, and coaches basketball in addition to her role with the Renegades.
Jennifer “Coco” Edwards played offensive line and defensive line with the New England Intensity (2006-2013), finishing her career with the Boston Militia (2014). She began her football coaching career in 2015 with the Renegades as an assistant coach. Off the field, she is a fitness instructor and manager at Partners Healthcare. She graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst majoring in legal studies. A proud Dallas Cowboys fan, Coach Edwards also plays flag football and basketball for fun.
Coach Goodwin played middle linebacker for the Massachusetts Mutiny (2006-2007), the Boston Militia (2008-2013), and the first U.S. Women’s National Football Team (2010). She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she played on the women’s soccer and ultimate teams. After college, Goodwin continued playing ultimate for eleven years, going on to win a total of 11 Ultimate Frisbee National and three World Championships. She is a member of the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame. Goodwin grew up in Denver, Colorado, as an avid football fan with a particular fondness for middle linebacker Tom Jackson and the Denver Broncos. She is a cofounder and the Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Women’s Football organization. She is the proud aunt to 6 nieces and 3 nephews.