|Position:||Assistant Head Coach/Outside Linebackers|
|Alma Mater:||Connecticut '92|
Johnson oversees the outside linebackers (Sam and Will positions).
He had the dual role of outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in 2011, but with a change to a 3-4 scheme will concentrate on the outside LB position.
The UConn graduate coached tight ends and special teams his first three seasons (1999-01) with the Huskies.
He became Edsall's recruiting coordinator from 2002-05 before moving back to special teams for his final four seasons.
Johnson handled the outside-linebacker position throughout his final nine years in Storrs, Conn.
Johnson had the top kick returner in the nation in 2010 in Nick Williams who averaged 35.3 yards per attempt and had two touchdowns. As a team the Huskies ranked third nationally in kickoff returns, bolstering a run to the Big East Championship and a berth in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The Huskies were ninth in the FBS in kickoff returns in 2009 (25.8 yards per return) while setting a school record with three returns for touchdown, and Robert McClain ranked 18th nationally in punt returns (12.6 ypr).
UConn's special teams also aided its run to the 2007 Big East Championship. The team returned two punts for touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. The season saw Tony Ciaravino score an even 100 points, a record for a UConn kicker, and punter Desi Cullen record a 40.7 yard average, fifth-best in UConn history.
Cullen concluded his career in 2009 and had the career record for punting average with 41.1 yards per punt and set the single-season record at 42.8.
During the 2007 and `08 seasons, Johnson coached linebacker Scott Lutrus to postseason honors. Lutrus was a first-team freshman All-America selection after the 2007 campaign and an All-Big East pick in 2008.
Johnson began his coaching career at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Conn., where he spent four seasons (1993-96) including the final two as defensive coordinator.
He made his collegiate coaching debut at Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn., where he served as defensive coordinator in 1997, before moving on to Fordham to coach the defensive line in 1998.
Johnson, a four-year letterwinner for UConn from 1989-1992, started all 33 games on the offensive line over his final three seasons. He served as team captain in 1991 and was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player that year. He was a second team All-Yankee Conference pick in 1989 and a second team All-ECAC selection in 1990.
A native of Norwalk, Conn., Johnson received his degree in sociology from UConn in 1992. He and his wife Cynthia have two sons, Taren and Trace.
The Johnson File
PersonalDate of Birth: Jan. 1, 1968
Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
Alma Mater: Connecticut, '92
2012-pr.: Assistant Coach - Outside Linebackers
2011: Assistant Coach - Special Teams/Outside Linebackers
University of Connecticut
2006-10: Assistant Coach - Special Teams /Outside Linebackers
2002-05 Assistant Coach - Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coordinator/OLBs
1999-01: Assistant Coach - Assistant Coach - Special Teams/TEs/Recruiting Coordinator
1998: Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Sacred Heart University
1997: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line
Brien McMahon High School (Conn.)
1994-96: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator
University of Connecticut
1989-1992: Offensive Lineman
Team Captain in 1991
Recruiting Area Primary: Georgia-Zones 1,5,6; Northern Florida (Clay, Duval, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. John's and Flagler counties); Upstate New York
Secondary: Alabama and Mississippi
Local: Maryland (Howard County)