Former U of L standout Reggie Johnson will remain with his alma mater for his fifth season and will coach the linebackers. Johnson just coached the inside linebackers in 2006.
Johnson will coach the linebackers for the fourth year after tutoring the defensive line in his first season in 2003.
Coaching the inside linebackers a year ago, Johnson coached two of the team's top tacklers in Nate Harris and Lamar Myles. Harris led the team in stops with 65 and Myles added 45 stops.
In his first season with the linebackers in 2004, Johnson saw Robert McCune lead the team in tackles for the second straight season and earn All-Conference USA first team accolades. McCune was a fifth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. Johnson also tutored Brandon Johnson, the team's second-leading tackler last season.
In his first year in 2002, Johnson oversaw a defensive line that produced Marcus Jones, a second team All-Conference USA selection at defensive end. Jones recorded a team-best 10 sacks.
A four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Louisville from 1987-90, Johnson helped lead the 1990 Cards to a 10-1-1 mark and a resounding 34-7 victory over Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl during his senior campaign.
During that senior season, Johnson finished fourth on the team in tackles with 82 and also added three tackles for loss.
Johnson had his best season in 1989 after recording a career-best 91 stops. He concluded his career with 252 total tackles.
After earning his bachelor of arts degree in political science from U of L in May 1996, Johnson joined the Cardinal staff as a defensive graduate assistant from 1997-98 while earning a master of arts degree in athletic administration in June 1998.
Following his stint as a graduate assistant at U of L, Johnson moved onto Alabama A&M for a three-year tenure as an assistant coach.
He coached the team's inside linebackers and served as special teams coordinator during the 2000 campaign after coaching the defensive tackles in 1998 and '99. Under Johnson's guidance, Alabama A&M ranked No. 1 nationally in Division I-AA rushing defense (39.7 ypg) and No. 10 nationally in total defense (275.0 ypg) during the 2000 season.
After his three-year run at Alabama A&M, Johnson spent two seasons as an assistant coach on Gary Nord's staff at UTEP.
He coached the defensive ends in 2001 and the linebackers in 2002.
He and his wife Eulice have two children - Sydney and Jordan.