Mark Johnson
Position:
Assistant Coach (def. coord./linebackers)

Experience:
12th year

Email:
mdjohnson@ucdavis.edu

Coach Johnson returned to UC Davis with his fourth stint at his alma mater in 2009, this time as a defensive coordinator. He previously served four years in a different Aggie program - Utah State - as both D.C. and linebackers coach. In 2005, the first season under his tutelage, USU ranked among the Western Athletic Conference leaders in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense.

After his playing career at UC Davis, Johnson served as a linebackers coach and head coach for the freshman team in from 1990 to 1994. He then spent a year as a graduate assistant at Oregon in 1995, helping the Ducks advance to the Cotton Bowl. Johnson subsequently mentored San Jose State's running backs in 1996 before returning to UC Davis to assist Fred Arp and former Aggie coach Tony Franks on defensive line and linebackers, respectively.

The Vacaville, Calif. native then returned to the Division 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 then joined the Nevada staff in 2000 and 2001 before making his third stop at UC Davis as a linebackers coach from 2002 to 2004.

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 reside in Woodland with their son Cooper and daughter Olivia.