Denver Johnson

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Denver Johnson
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Missouri Southern
Conference MIAA
Record 1–10
Biographical details
Born (1958-10-17) October 17, 1958 (age 57)
Seminole, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Playing career
1976–1980 Tulsa
1981–1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1983–1984 Los Angeles Express
1985 Houston Gamblers
Position(s) Tackle
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)
1996 Oklahoma (OL)
1997–1999 Murray State
2000–2008 Illinois State
2009–2010 Colorado (OL)
2011–2014 Tulsa (OL)
2015 Missouri Southern
Head coaching record
Overall 70–76
Tournaments 1–1 (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.[1] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[1]

On April 1, 2015, Johnson was named the head coach of the Missouri Southern Lions.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1997–1999)
1997 Murray State 7–4 5–2 T–2nd
1998 Murray State 7–4 5–2 T–2nd
1999 Murray State 7–4 5–2 2nd
Murray State: 21–12 15–6
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Football Conference/Gateway Football Conference) (2000–2008)
2000 Illinois State 7–4 4–2 T–2nd
2001 Illinois State 2–9 2–5 T–6th
2002 Illinois State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2003 Illinois State 6–6 3–4 5th
2004 Illinois State 4–7 4–3 T–5th
2005 Illinois State 7–4 4–3 T–4th
2006 Illinois State 9–4 5–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal
2007 Illinois State 4–7 2–4 T–5th
2008 Illinois State 3–8 2–6 8th
Illinois State: 48–54 40–32
Missouri Southern Lions (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2015–present)
2015 Missouri Southern 1–10 1–10 11th
Missouri Southern: 1–10 1–10
Total: 70–76
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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