Jay Johnson
Position: Quarterbacks
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa
Graduating Year: 1992
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (989) 774-3896
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Jay Johnson
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/06/2011

Jay Johnson spent the 2010 season as Central Michigan's quarterbacks coach, mentoring sophomore Ryan Radcliff as he posted one of the top passing seasons in school history.

Radcliff completed 282-of-466 passes for 3,358 yards and 17 touchdowns. He threw the second most passes in school history, completed the third most and threw for the third most yards. His 17 touchdown passes tied for the seventh most in school history. Entering the 2010 bowl season, Radcliff ranked ninth nationally in both total passing yards and yards per game (279.8) and 11th in completions (23.5 per game).

Radcliff threw for 295 or more yards in six games and closed the season with three consecutive 300-yard efforts. In a 38-37 loss at Navy on Nov. 13, Radcliff completed 36-of-58 passes for 394 yards and three touchdowns; his completions and attempts total both were the second highest in school history, while his 394 yards ranked sixth in school history.

Johnson came to CMU from Louisville, where he spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Prior to Louisville, Johnson was at Southern Miss for five seasons, including three (2005-07) as offensive coordinator. The Golden Eagles made five consecutive bowl game appearances during Johnson's time on staff.

In 2007, Southern Miss set a school record with 5,066 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles ranked in the top 25 nationally in rushing in 2006 and 2007, gaining more than 2,000 yards on the ground each season. Southern Miss averaged 27.8 ppg in 2007 and 29.6 ppg in 2005, the program's two highest scoring seasons in a decade.

Johnson worked directly with the Southern Miss quarterbacks from 2005-07, running backs in 2004 and tight ends in 2003.

Johnson also coached the school’s third 1,000-yard running back in school history when Damion Fletcher ran for more than 1,300 yards in consecutive seasons.

Under Johnson’s tutelage in 2005, Dustin Almond set the school’s single-season record for passing completions (216), passing attempts (392), and total offense (2,762). His 23 touchdown passes were the second most in school history.

Johnson spent the 1997-2001 seasons at Kansas, working with the quarterbacks from 1997-2000 and running backs in 2001.

He also served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at both Augsburg (1994) and Truman State (1995-96). He directed Truman State’s offense to an average of over 30 points and 400 yards a game during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

Johnson began his coaching career at Columbia-Hickman High School in Missouri in 1993, serving as the quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs coach. He was a graduate assistant at Missouri in 1994 prior to taking on the offensive coordinator role at Augsburg.

A 1992 graduate of Northern Iowa, Johnson was a three-time All-Gateway Conference selection as a quarterback and two-year team captain. He led Northern Iowa to a combined record of 31-8 during his career, three conference championships and three appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. He finished his career with almost 500 completions and threw for more than 8,000 yards and 58 touchdowns. The 1992 team finished the season 12-2 overall and ranked No. 3 nationally.

Johnson earned President’s Academic Excellence honors in the Gateway Conference and held a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing his master’s degree at Missouri. That earned him a Superior Graduate Achievement Award from the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and he was a Dean’s List scholar at Northern Iowa where he compiled a 3.47 GPA. He also taught several courses while at Truman State and Missouri.

Jay and his wife, Lori, are the parents of one son: Cole.

The Johnson File
1994 Augsburg College Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
1995-1996 Truman State University Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
1997-2000 Kansas University Quarterbacks
2001 Kansas University Running backs
2003 University of Southern Mississippi Tight ends
2004 University of Southern Mississippi Running backs
2005-2007 University of Southern Mississippi Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2008 University of Louisville Adminstrative Assistant
2009 University of Louisville Tight ends
2010 Central Michigan University Quarterbacks