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  Steve Johns
Steve Johns

Assistant Coach / Inside Linebackers/Special Teams

6th Season at Navy

Alma Mater:
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Steve Johns is entering his sixth year at the Naval Academy coaching the inside linebackers and serving as the special teams coordinator.

Navy has compiled a record of 40-25 (.615) in Johns' tenure, beating Army all five times, earning four bowl bids, winning three Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and beating Notre Dame twice.

Johns helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.

The win over Army marked Navy's 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals. Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13).

Kicker Nick Sloan was named All-East, while punter Pablo Beltran averaged 43.6 yards per punt, which is the third best single-season average in school history.

Navy was 5-7 in 2011, which included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. Navy played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. The Mids finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8).

The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game.

The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15-straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy's first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy's victory the previous week over Rutgers. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks.

Before coming to Navy, Johns spent two seasons at Grossmont Junior College in El Cajon, Calif., where he served as the defensive coordinator and was a professor in the exercise science department. In 2006, the Griffins were Foothill Conference Champions and posted a 10-2 record thanks to a defense that gave up a school-record 7.6 points per contest.

In 2005, Johns served as defensive coordinator at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., where he led the Leopards to their first winning season in eight years.

Johns coached at UNLV from 1999-2004, serving as a graduate assistant (defensive ends and punt team) for one year before being hired on full time and coaching the linebackers, coordinating the special teams and handling the recruiting coordinator duties for the final five seasons.

Johns began his coaching career at Occidental College, where he coached the defensive line from 1993-95. He coached at the University of San Diego in 1996, serving as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator, before moving on to the University of La Verne, where he coached the defensive line in 1997 and the defensive backs in 1998, while also coordinating the special teams.

Johns is a 1991 graduate of Occidental College, where he was all-conference and team captain and earned his bachelor's in political science in 1991 and his Master's in education in 1995. In 2006, he earned a Masters of Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy.

Steve and his wife Kristin have a son, Sam and a daughter, Lily.

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