Johns officially named receivers coach

Indiana just made its hiring of Kevin Johns as wide receivers coach official. The release follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kevin Johns has been tabbed Indiana’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, Head Coach Kevin Wilson announced Tuesday. Johns is the second member of the Hoosiers’ offensive staff. Wilson named Brent Pease the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Dec. 30.

“Kevin worked for us at Northwestern and is as strong and talented as any young coach that I have been around.” Wilson said. “He was a great quarterback at Dayton and has been coaching wide receivers in a very strong passing offense at Northwestern. Kevin has played a vital role in Northwestern’s success and he knows how to build a consistent winning program.

Johns spent the previous seven seasons at Northwestern, including the last five as wide receivers coach and the last three as passing game coordinator.

“I am very happy to be here and to be a part of Coach Wilson’s staff,” Johns said. “There is a lot of talent and excitement here. I am ready to get started and build this into a Big Ten championship program.”

Johns coached NU’s running backs in 2004 and 2005. He was also appointed the program’s recruiting coordinator in July of 2006, a position he held until January of 2008 when he assumed the role of passing game coordinator.

In 2010, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert collected first team All-Big Ten honors. He wrapped up the regular season with a conference-best 76.6 receiving yards per game while ranking fifth in receptions per game with 4.92. Ebert finished the year tied for fifth on NU’s single-season receiving touchdowns list (8), ninth on the single-season receptions list (62) and fourth on the single-season yardage list (953).

All-Big Ten honoree Zeke Markshausen ranked second in the Big Ten and 13th in the nation in catches per game in 2009. Andrew Brewer tied for second in NU single-season history with nine touchdown catches. Their performances helped the Wildcats rank first in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in passing offense.

Eric Peterman led the Wildcats with 737 receiving yards and six touchdowns to earn All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 2008. Peterman, along with Ross Lane, both closed their careers with 2,000-plus receiving yards and rank in the top 10 at NU in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

Before returning to Northwestern as a full-time coach just prior to the 2003 Motor City Bowl, Johns worked as the receivers coach at the University of Richmond for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Johns served as NU’s offensive graduate assistant for three seasons from 1999-01 under Wilson, who served as the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator, prior to joining the Spiders.

In his first two seasons as NU’s running backs coach, Johns helped mentor Noah Herron, who earned second team All-Big Ten honors, and then Tyrell Sutton, the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the 2005 Sporting News National Offensive Freshman of the Year. Herron was the nation’s 14th-leading rusher (115.1 ypg) and a Senior Bowl invitee in 2004. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sutton shattered every freshman running back mark at Northwestern en route to the eighth-best rushing season in Division I-A (122.8 ypg).

Johns originally came to the Wildcats from the University of Dayton, where he was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Flyers. In his two-year stint as a starter, Dayton recorded a 20-1 record and Johns was named a Division I-AA All-American. After his junior season, Johns was named the Division I-AA Non-Scholarship Offensive Player of the Year. Johns was also named team MVP in 1996 and 1997.

He graduated from Dayton with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1998. In August 2001, he received his master’s degree from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy program.

Johns and his wife, Krista, welcomed their third boy, Carter, in April of 2007. They have twin sons, Logan and Tyler, born in December of 2004.