Brian Johnson – UC Head Football Athletic Performance Coach
Brian Johnson is in his second campaign as the Golden Bears’ head football athletic performance coach in 2022 after spending the previous 11 seasons on strength and conditioning staff at FBS schools and in the NFL. Cal came on strong at the end of his first campaign in 2021 with four victories in its final six contests, including arguably its most impressive performance of the season in a 41-11 Big Game win that marked Cal’s most significant margin of victory against Stanford since 2004. Cal had a dominant ground game in several contests including a 352 rushing yards against the Cardinal that, was the most rushing yards in a game by the Bears since 2008.
In his most recent position before joining the Golden Bears in 2021, Johnson spent three campaigns as the director of strength and conditioning at Arizona (2018-20), where he heavily implemented sports science while also working as a liaison between the football program and the university’s Center for Innovation in Brain Science.
Johnson started his professional working career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State (2010-11) before being hired as the head strength and conditioning coach at Akron at the age of 27. He spent the offseason before the 2012 campaign at Akron before his alma mater LSU came calling. For the next three seasons (2012-14), he was an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator with the Tigers (2012-14), then held similar roles with the San Francisco 49ers (2015-16) and at Texas A&M (2017) before moving on to Arizona.
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