Jody Victor: Personally, I like to see a coach who's played the game himself – and probably most of them have – but sometimes you can get a guy who really makes a difference. As a case in point, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has added Taver Johnson to his staff. Johnson, who has spent the past two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Miami of Ohio, will coach the Buckeyes' cornerbacks. He replaces Tim Beckman, who recently accepted the position of defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University.
Johnson is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of Wittenberg University, where he was a two-time All-American pick and a two-time choice as the North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
“We are excited to have Taver as the newest member of the Ohio State football family,” said Tressel. “He is a very talented coach. One of the things that impressed me most about him during the interview process was his passion to be a Buckeye.”
Johnson began his coaching career at Wittenberg, spending two years there (1994 and 1995) as the Tigers' defensive line coach. He then spent three seasons (1996-98) at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. and one year (1999) as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame before joining the Miami staff in 2000. He spent four seasons with the RedHawks before joining the staff of the Cleveland Browns in 2004.
He returned to Miami following the 2004 season and was the architect of one of the Mid America Conference's most successful defenses in 2005 and 2006. At the conclusion of the 2006 football season, Johnson, who prepped at CAPE High School, accepted a position with the Oakland Raiders. But after being contacted by Ohio State, he eagerly accepted his new position with the Buckeyes.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Ohio State staff and have the opportunity to work with Jim tressel,” said Johnson. “I was truly excited about the position with the Oakland Raiders organization, but when this chance came along I just could not pass it up. As an Ohio guy, this is a dream come true for me.”