July 1, 2011
BEAUMONT -- Allen Johnson, who coached the cornerbacks at the University of Texas-El Paso the past three seasons, is the newest addition to coach Ray Woodard's Lamar University staff, having coming aboard Friday as the secondary coach and a co-defensive coordinator.
At the same time, Woodard announced that Craig McGallion will also be a co-defensive coordinator with Johnson, in replacement of Roger Hinshaw, who left the staff in late spring to pursue other possibilities. McGallion will continue to also coach the Cardinal linebackers.
Johnson, who earned his bachelor's degree in health and kinesiology at Texas A&M-Commerce in 1999 and his master's degree in the same field a year later, played collegiately at Kilgore College, Central Oklahoma and A&M-Commerce. When he was at Kilgore, he played under Woodard who was then Kilgore's defensive coordinator.
"I'm excited about having Allen Johnson join our coaching staff," said Woodard, who guided the Cardinals to a 5-6 record in their return to football last season after a 21-year hiatus. "I've known Allen since his days at Kilgore College.
"I think Allen will do an outstanding job, and I'm looking forward to coaching with him."
After taking a break in his college career to serve in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson earned All-Lone Star Conference South Division honors and a trip to the Snow Bowl as a senior at Texas A&M-Commerce in 1998. He also competed for the A&M-Commerce track and field team and served as president of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
At UTEP, Johnson coached such star defensive backs as Cornelius Brown, Melvin Stephenson and Clarence Ward, all of whom played briefly in the National Football League.
Before coming to UTEP, Johnson spent the 2007 season as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Midwestern State University, which fielded the top defense in the Lone Star Conference that year. In going 8-3 that season, Midwestern State led the league in scoring defense (18.6 points-per-game average), total defense (294.2 yards-per-game average) and rushing defense (93.9 yards-per-game).
In 2006, Johnson served as the quality control coach at Oklahoma State University, helping lead the Cowboys to seven wins and an Independence Bowl victory.
Johnson started his coaching career at Texas A&M-Commerce in 1999, and after two years there, he spent the next four seasons in the high-school coaching ranks at Gaither HS in Tampa, Fla., at Plant HS in Tampa and at Newman Smith HS in Carrollton, Texas.
Johnson doubled as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Blinn College in 2005, helping the team qualify for the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs.
Johnson, who was an all-district defensive back at Desoto High School, and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters - Jayla, Kyra and Olivia.