Taver Johnson
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Taver Johnson
Taver Johnson
Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Assistant defensive backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1972-07-08) July 8, 1972 (age 48)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
Career history
As coach:

Taver Johnson (born July 8, 1972) is an American football coach who is the assistant defensive backs coach for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns and spent 23 years coaching in the college football ranks. Johnson attended and played college football at Wittenberg University (1990-1993), 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]

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

In 2004, Johnson was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their assistant special teams coach.

Miami (Ohio)

In 2005, Johnson returned 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

In 2007, Johnson joined the Ohio State Buckeyes as their defensive backs coach. Johnson would go on to spend five seasons at Ohio State, where he coached three consensus All-Americans in Malcolm Jenkins, Kurt Coleman and Chimdi Chekwa.[1]


In 2011, after Jim Tressel resigned from Ohio State, 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]


In 2014, Johnson joined the Purdue Boilermakers as their defensive backs coach, spending three years at Purdue for three seasons. [1]


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

Ohio State

In February 2018, following a one year stint as defensive coordinator at Temple, Johnson re-joined the defensive staff as cornerbacks coach at Ohio State.

Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders

In 2019, Johnson was hired by the Oakland Raiders as their assistant defensive backs coach under head coach Jon Gruden.

Personal life

Johnson and his wife, Sharday, have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Brooklynn.


  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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