Taver Johnson
Taver Johnson

Taver Johnson
Taver Johnson (born July 8, 1972) is the cornerbacks coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He attended and played football at Wittenberg University (1990-93)

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Taver JohnsonSport(s) FootballCurrent positionTitle Cornerbacks coachTeam Ohio StateConference Big TenBiographical detailsBorn (1972-07-08) July 8, 1972 (age 46)
Cincinnati, OhioAlma mater Wittenberg UniversityPlaying career1990–1993 Wittenberg (OH) Position(s) Defensive backCoaching career (HC unless noted)1994-1995 Wittenberg (OH) (DL)1996 Millikin (IL) (S&C)1997 Millikin (IL) (LB)1998 Millikin (IL) (DC)1999 Notre Dame (GA)2000–2003 Miami (OH) (LB)2004 Cleveland Browns (AST)2005-2006 Miami (OH) (DC)2007-2011 Ohio State (DB)2012-2013 Arkansas (DB)2014-2016 Purdue (DB)2017 Temple (DC)2018-present Ohio State (CB)

Taver Johnson (born July 8, 1972) is the cornerbacks coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He attended and played football at Wittenberg University (1990-93), where he was a back-to-back All-American and the All-North Coast Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993.[1]

Contents Coaching career Early coaching stops

After graduating from Wittenberg, Johnson joined his alma mater's staff and served as the defensive line coach for the 1994 and 1995 seasons. After leaving Wittenberg, Johnson joined the staff at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. During his three years at Millikin, Johnson served as the strength and conditioning coach (1996), the linebackers coach (1997) and the defensive coordinator (1998). During his one season as defensive coordinator, Johnson's Millikin team allowed just 14.1 points per game. [2]

Johnson served as a graduate assistant for Bob Davie's Notre Dame team.

Miami (Ohio)

In 2000, Johnson left Notre Dame to serve as the linebackers coach at Miami (Ohio). Johnson spent three years at the school and produced four first-team All-Mid-American Conference selections.[3]

Cleveland Browns

After three seasons with the Redhawks, Johnson went to the professional ranks to serve as the special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Miami (Ohio)

Johnson would return to Miami to serve as the program's defensive coordinator for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. During the 2005 season, Johnson's defensive unit allowed 23.5 points per game, which was the 42nd best mark in the nation. [4] Johnson's 2006 team allowed 25.3 points per game. [5]

Ohio State

Johnson spent five seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State, where he coached three consensus All-Americans in Malcolm Jenkins, Kurt Coleman and Chimdi Chekwa.[1]


After Jim Tressel resigned from Ohio State in 2011, Johnson went south to coach the linebackers for Arkansas in 2012. After Bobby Petrino resigned as head coach of the Arkansas program, Johnson was named as the interim head coach until John L. Smith accepted the full-time position. Johnson would switch back to coaching defensive backs in 2013. [6]


Johnson spent three years coaching defensive backs for Purdue from 2014 through 2016. [1]


In January 2017, Johnson was named as the defensive coordinator at Temple underneath Geoff Collins, who was named the head coach of the Owls the month prior.

Ohio State

Following the one year stint as defensive coordinator at Temple, Johnson re-joined the defensive staff as cornerbacks coach at Ohio State. This move was announced in February 2018.

  1. ^ a b c "Temple University Athletics - 2017 Football Coaching Staff". 
  2. ^ "Taver Johnson Bio :: Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics". 
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Taver Johnson Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site". 
  4. ^ "2005 Miami (OH) RedHawks Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  5. ^ "2006 Miami (OH) RedHawks Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". 
  6. ^ "PURDUESPORTS.COM - Taver Johnson Bio - Purdue University Official Athletic Site". 

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