Defensive Backfield Coach Taver Johnson

Taver Johnson Ohio State
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Past Teams
Ohio State

College: Wittenberg University (1994)

OSU Coaching History:

2018: Cornerbacks Coach / Special Teams Coordinator

2007-11: Cornerbacks Coach

2018 Media Guide: Taver Johnson, a 23-year coaching veteran with prior positions in the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the National Football League, joined the Ohio State University coaching staff in February of 2018. Johnson will be coaching at Ohio State for a second time. He was cornerbacks coach for four seasons under Jim Tressel (2007-10) and for the 2011 season under Luke Fickell.

Johnson coached three All-Americans at Ohio State: cornerbacks Malcolm Jenkins, who also won the Thorpe Award in 2008 as the nation’s outstanding defensive back, and Chimdi Chekwa, and safety Kurt Coleman. All three players were selected in the NFL Draft.

2007 Media Guide: Taver Johnson in the newest member of the Ohio State football staff, joining the Buckeyes in March.

Just prior to becoming a member of Jim Tressel’s coaching staff at Ohio State, Johnson had accepted a position with the Oakland Raiders, but was there less than two weeks before returning to the Buckeye State.

Johnson is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of C.A.P.E. High School. After an outstanding high school career, he went on to play three years of football at Wittenberg, where he was a two-time All-America and was selected as the North Coast Athletics Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and ’93.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in business administration from Wittenberg in 1994, Johnson launched his coaching career at his alma mater, spending the 1994 and 1995 seasons there as the Tigers’ defensive line coach.

While serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Miami, Johnson’s defenses ranked among the best in the Mid America Conference the past two years.

Johnson and his wife, Sharday, have two children, a son, Tyree (3), and an infant daughter, Brooklynn