Lyndon Johnson | Towson University

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Lyndon Johnson's Resume
Team: Towson University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Defensive Coordinator/LB
Hometown: Norwalk, Connecticut

Biography

No stranger to working alongside head coach Rob Ambrose, Lyndon Johnson enters his first season as an assistant coach at Towson.  Johnson will work with the running backs, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.

The duo spent seven years together as assistant coaches at the University of Connecticut.

Johnson came to Towson after spending the previous five season as an assistant coach at Maryland.  He joined the Terps staff in 2011 as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, and was elevated to assistant head coach prior to the 2014 season.

In the first season in the Big Ten, Johnson guided sophomore Yannick Ngakoue to honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after registering 13.5 tackles-for-loss.

In the Terps final season in the ACC, Johnson’s outside linebackers helped UM rank third in the conference in sacks (37) and eighth nationally in tackles-for-loss per game (7.8).

The 2012 Terps defense ranked second in the ACC in overall defense (336.8 ypg) and rush defense (129.3 ypg).

Prior to his time at Maryland, Johnson spent 12 seasons on staff at Connecticut.  He began his tenure in 1999 as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.

Johnson took over the role as the Huskies recruiting coordinator in 2002, and continued in that role through the 2005 season.  

He played a key role in the recruitment of quarterback Dan Orlovsky.  Orlovsky would go on to become the first Husky to play in the NFL when he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round.  

Johnson was also instrumental in the recruiting of running back Donald Brown.  Brown was named the 2008 Big East Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2.083 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He would become the first UConn player drafted in the first round when he was selected 27th overall by the Indianapolis Colts.

Johnson spent his final nine seasons at UConn working with the outside linebackers, while also serving as the special teams coordinator from 2006-10.

Johnson had the top kick returner in the nation in 2010 in Nick Williams, who averaged 35.3 yards per return and had two touchdowns.  As a team, the Huskies ranked third nationally in kickoff returns, bolstering a run to the Big East Championship and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Huskies were ninth in the FBS in kickoff returns in 2009 at 25.8 yards per return.  They set a school record with three returns for touchdowns.  Robert McClain also ranked 18th nationally in punt returns at 12.6 yards per attempt.

UConn’s special teams also aided its run to the 2007 Big East Championship.  The team returned two punts for touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

The season saw Tony Ciaravino score a UConn kicker record 100 points, while punter Desi Cullen averaged 40.7 yards per punt.

Cullen concluded his career in 2009 as the school’s career record holder with a 41.1 yards per punt average.  He also set the single-season mark, averaging 42.8 yards per punt.

During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Johnson coached linebacker Scott Lutrus to postseason honors.  Lutrus was a First-Team Freshman All-America selection in 2007, and an All-Big East pick in 2008.  

Johnson began his coaching career at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut from 1993-96, serving as the defensive coordinator the final two seasons.

He made his collegiate coaching debut as the defensive coordinator at Sacred Heart in 1997.  He would serve as the defensive line coach at Fordham in 1998.

Johnson, a four-year letterwinner for UConn from 1989-92, started all 33 games on the offensive line over his final three seasons.  He served as a team captain in 1991, and was named as the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.  He was a Second-Team All-Yankee Conference pick in 1989, and a Second-Team All-ECAC selection in 1990.

A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Johnson received his degree in sociology from UConn in 1992.  

He and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Taren and Trace.


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