Bielema Keeps Johnson On Staff


FAYETTEVILLE — There will be at least one member of the 2012 Arkansas coaching staff with the program next season.

Taver Johnson, who worked with Arkansas' linebackers in 2012, will remain on staff as cornerbacks coach. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced the hire in a news release Wednesday.

“I am thrilled Taver Johnson will remain a member of the coaching staff at Arkansas as he will provide stability for our student-athletes,” Bielema said. “Taver spent five years in a championship culture prior to coming to Fayetteville, and his tremendous abilities as a leader were seen by the entire nation during the spring and throughout the 2012 season. His coaching style is extremely enthusiastic and he has always shown an incredible commitment to the development of student-athletes.”

Johnson should be comfortable in his role with cornerbacks after coaching the position at Ohio State from 2007-11 before joining the Razorbacks. He also worked as the team's assistant head coach and was placed in charge of the program for a couple of weeks after Bobby Petrino was fired.

Johnson the eighth assistant coach hired by Bielema and will join defensive coordinator Chris Ash, defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and linebackers coach Randy Shannon on the defensive side of the ball. Bielema has one position left to fill and it will likely be a tight ends coach.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau