Coach Johnson begins the third year of his third stint on the coaching staff, having previously served at Nevada and Boise State. He first coached at Davis from 1990 to 1994, both as a linebackers coach and as the head JV coach (replacing Mike Moroski in the latter role in 1991).
Johnson spent a year as a graduate assistant at Oregon in 1995 when the Ducks advanced to the Cotton Bowl. Then he mentored San Jose State's running backs in 1996, before coming back to UC Davis to assist Fred Arp and former Aggie coach Tony Franks on defensive line and linebackers, respectively.
He returned to the D-I ranks the following year, serving as defensive line coach at Boise State from 1998 to 1999, where he teamed up with another former Aggie, then-assistant Dan Hawkins. Johnson was hired as linebackers coach at Nevada in 2000, where he has spent the past two years.
Originally from Vacaville, Calif., Johnson played linebacker for UC Davis before graduating in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. He later earned his master's in recreation administration from Sacramento State in 1994. He and his wife Amy live in Elk Grove with their son Cooper.