October 17, 1958 |
|1981–1982||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1983–1984||Los Angeles Express|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1985||Oklahoma State (GA)|
|1986–1988||UT Martin (AHC/OL)|
|1989–1992||Oklahoma State (OL)|
|1993–1995||Mississippi State (OL)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||1–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)|
Denver Johnson (born October 17, 1958) is an American football coach and former player. In April 2015, Johnson became the head football coach at Missouri Southern State University. Formerly, he was the offensive line coach for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane from 2011 to the end of the 2014 season. Johnson was let go when head coach Bill Blankenship was fired on December 1, 2014. Previously, Johnson was the head football coach at Murray State University from 1997 to 1999 and at Illinois State University from 2000 to 2008, compiling a career college football record of 69–66.
Johnson was the 20th head football coach for the Illinois State Redbirds in Normal, Illinois and he held that position for nine seasons, from 2000 until November 22, 2008. Johnson resigned from the program after the Redbirds final game of the 2008 season, a game they lost against Southern Illinois University in overtime, 17–10. His overall coaching record at ISU was 48–54. This ranks him third at ISU in terms of total wins and eighth at ISU in terms of winning percentage.
Prior to coaching at Illinois State, Johnson was the head coach at Murray State University. He was offensive line coach for Colorado in 2009 and 2010, then moved to Tulsa for the 2011 season to join the coaching staff of Bill Blankenship, who had been his college teammate at Tulsa.
Head coaching record
|Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1997–1999)|
|Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Football Conference / Gateway Football Conference) (2000–2008)|
|2006||Illinois State||9–4||5–2||T–2nd||L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal|
|Missouri Southern Lions (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2015–present)|
- Eric Bailey, "Tulsa names three football assistants", Tulsa World, January 18, 2011.
- "Johnson resigns after ISU loss". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
- Illinois State Coaching Records Archived November 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
- Schremmer, Mark (March 31, 2015). "Lions to hire former Tulsa assistant as head coach | Local Sports". joplinglobe.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.