EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart completed his coaching staff on Wednesday morning with the hiring of Michael Johnson as the Ducks’ wide receivers coach.
Johnson arrives at Oregon with 10 seasons of experience coaching in the NFL, and has served as an offensive coordinator at both the college and professional ranks. Most recently, Johnson was the head coach at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif. He coached there for three seasons after spending two as a player personnel director at North East Sports Consultants.
Johnson was given the keys to the San Francisco 49ers offense in 2010 as offensive coordinator after working as quarterbacks coach in 2009, guiding the team to more than 103.6 rushing yards per game and 313.3 total yards per game.
He moved to the college game in 2011 to take over as offensive coordinator at UCLA, where Johnson helped guide the Bruins to an appearance in the first Pac-12 Championship game. Johnson also served as the interim head coach for the Bruins in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Johnson worked for two seasons as wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens (2006-07), where Johnson mentored receiver Derrick Mason, who caught 103 passes for 1,087 yards in 2007.
Johnson spent 2002-05 with the Atlanta Falcons before moving to Baltimore, working for one season as the wide receivers coach and the final three as quarterbacks coach. While at the helm of the quarterbacks, Johnson coached the electric Michael Vick to two Pro Bowl selections and a dynamic season in 2005 in which Vick threw for 2,412 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 597 yards and another six scores.
Johnson went to the Falcons after getting his NFL coaching start with the San Diego Chargers in 2001 as quarterbacks coach. Johnson coached Doug Flutie to 3,476 passing yards that season, the most by a Chargers quarterback since Dan Fouts. Johnson was also instrumental in the development of then-rookie quarterback Drew Brees.
Johnson’s coaching career began just north of his current position with the Ducks, as he coached for three years at Oregon State from 1997-1999. Johnson coached wide receivers for his first two seasons and then quarterbacks in 1999, where he helped guide the Beavers to their first bowl game in 39 years.
Johnson, a quarterback in his playing days, played for four seasons in the World Football League and the Canadian Football League. Johnson set numerous records as the starting quarterback at the University of Akron in 1988 and 1989, including being named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1989-90. Johnson played at Arizona State (1985-86) and Mesa Community College before going to Akron. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Akron in 2008.