Buckeyes making their 11th consecutive bowl appearance
Defense taking shape; Withers, Fickell, Johnson and Vrabel all on board
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Taver Johnson is in his fourth year as coach of the Ohio State cornerbacks. He joined Jim Tressel's coaching staff in March, 2007.
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-American and the North Coast Athletics Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
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. He also served coaching stints at Millikin (1996-98), Notre Dame (1999), and the Cleveland Browns (2004). Johnson came to OSU after two tours of duty at Miami University, most recently as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (2005-06).
He and Paul Haynes were finalists for FootballScoop.com's 2009 defensive back coach of the year award.
Johnson and his wife, Sharday, a Toledo marketing graduate who ran track for the Rockets, have a son, Tyree and a daughter, Brooklynn.
Taver Johnson Coaching Experience