Game photos from the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (photos by Chad Greene)
Dave Johnson joined the University of Cincinnati staff in 2011 as the tight ends coach.
Johnson brings 27 years of collegiate coaching experience along with 15 bowl game appearances. He has mentored 11 NFL players, four All-Americans and 28 all-conference selections.
Offensively in 2011, UC averaged 385 yards per game, ranking No. 2 in the BIG EAST in rushing offense (178.5 ypg) and scored an average of 33.3 points per game on the way to a BIG EAST Conference Championship and a win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over SEC foe Vanderbilt.
Under his tutelage, Adrien Robinson put together his best season at UC, catching 12 balls for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Travis Kelce set career bests as well, hauling in 13 catches for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Prior to joining UC, Johnson was the offensive line coach at West Virginia University from 2008-10. Behind the blocking of the line, the Mountaineer offense accumulated 400 or more yards of total offense in seven games in 2010. WVU finished No. 2 in the BIG EAST in passing, total offense and total first downs. WVU had the top passer in the league in passing yards per game, pass efficiency and second in total yards per game.
In 2009, the offensive line paved the way for the 13th 1,000-yard rusher in the past 14 season and first 2,000-yard passer since 1998. Of the 855 plays by the offense in 2009, each the five offensive linemen logged in more than 830 plays. In 2008, the offensive line was ranked No. 27 nationally for fewest sacks allowed. During his time at WVU, Johnson mentored All-American Ryan Stanchek and All-BIG EAST selections Selvish Capers, Mike Dent and Stanchek.
Johnson spent 2001-07 as the tight ends coach at the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs won 72 games, averaging more than 10 wins a season, three SEC East Division Championships, two SEC Championships, five bowl wins and five Top-10 national finishes during his time in Athens. Four of his tight ends, Randy McMichael, Ben Watson, Martez Milner and Leonard Pope are playing in the NFL. In 2007, the Bulldogs were No. 4 in the SEC in rushing offense (177.0). In 2005, UGA led the SEC in passing efficiency (144.0) and was second in scoring offense (29.5). In 2002, the Bulldogs led the SEC in scoring (32.14) and pass efficiency (138.91).
From 1997-2000, he was the tackles and tight ends coach as well as the recruiting coordinator at Marshall University. The Herd posted a 43-9 record, won four MAC titles and three Motor City Bowl titles, while averaging 11 wins a years during his four-year tenure, including a 13-0 record in 1999. In 1999, Marshall was No. 7 nationally in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense
Johnson spent nine years at Indiana University (Pa.). From 1987-89, he coached the offensive line, tight ends and assisted with strength and conditioning. He was the Crimson Hawks' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1990-96. He helped lead IUP to the NCAA Division II national playoffs eight times, including two championship game appearances and three semifinal finishes. IUP finished with a 99-22-1 record during Johnson's tenure
He spent the 1986 season coaching the offensive line, tight ends and handling the strength and conditioning duties at Shippensburg University.
He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater from 1984-85.
Johnson was a four-year letterwinner at West Virginia. He was the starting center on the 1981 Peach Bowl and 1982 Gator Bowl teams. He earned a bachelor's degree from WVU in 1985 and a master's degree in 1986.
Johnson and his wife Lynn have four children, Andrew, Lauren, Zachary and Mark.