Outside Linebackers, Special
Lyndon Johnson is in his 10th year as a member of the Connecticut
football coaching staff. A versatile staff member, Johnson will coach the UConn
outside linebackers (a role he has held since 2001) while coordinating the
Huskies’ special teams. For the first two years of his return engagement in
Storrs, the UConn alumnus coached the squad’s tight ends and special teams unit.
quality of the student-athletes recruited to the University of Connecticut
increased dramatically the past under Johnson’s watch, an increase that mirrors
the play of the team on the field. Johnson’s linebackers have contributed
heavily to this and continued to be a strength of the UConn defense.
This past fall, strongside linebacker Scott Lutrus was a
first-team Freshman All-America selection. Meanwhile, UConn’s special teams
bolstered 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 an even 100 points, a record for
a UConn kicker, and punter Desi Cullen record a 40.7 yard average, fifth-best in UConn
In 2005, “Husky” linebacker
James Hargrave led the Huskies with his 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Johnson returned to his alma mater in 1999 following a
one-year stint as the defensive line coach at Fordham. Johnson began his
coaching career with four seasons coaching at Brien McMahon High School in
Norwalk, Conn., the final two seasons as defensive coordinator. He then made his
collegiate coaching debut at Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn., where he served
as defensive coordinator in 1997 before moving on to Fordham.
Johnson, a four-year letter winner for UConn from
1989-1992, started all 33 games over his final three seasons on the offensive
line. He served as team captain in 1991 and was named the team’s Most Valuable
Offensive Player that season. He was a second team All-Yankee Conference pick in
1989 and a second team All-ECAC selection in 1990. Johnson received his degree
in sociology from UConn in 1992.
A native of Norwalk, Conn., Johnson was born on Jan. 1,
1968, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is married to the former Cynthia Schreyer and the
couple resides in Ellington, Conn., with their seven-year-old son, Taren and
three-year-old son Trace.