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Ellis Johnson

Picked up by Gus Malzahn as Auburn’s new defensive coordinator in 2013, Johnson brought 30 years of coaching experience — 18 in the SEC — to the Plains as one of the south’s most respected defensive gurus. Johnson has been a head coach as three different schools — Southern Miss, The Citadel and Gardner-Webb — but appears to be best-suited as an assistant where he can focus on one aspect of the game.

Prior to his stop at Southern Miss in 2012, Johnson was at South Carolina for four years,  where he served as the Gamecocks’ defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Along with his four years at South Carolina, Johnson has logged stints as the defensive coordinator at Appalachian State (1984), Southern Miss (1988-89), Clemson (1995-96), Alabama (1997-2000) and Mississippi State (2004-07).

Coaching History Team Years
Defensive Coordinator Auburn Tigers 2013-Present
Head Coach Southern Miss Golden Eagles 2012
Assistant Head Coach South Carolina Gamecocks 2008-2011
Defensive Coordinator Mississippi State Bulldogs 2004-2007
Head Coach The Citadel 2001-2003
Defensive Coordinator Alabama Crimson Tide 1997-2000
Defensive Coordinator Clemson Tigers 1994-1996
Outside Linebackers Coach Alabama Crimson Tide 1990-1993
Defensive Coordinator Southern Miss Golden Eagles 1988-1989
Outside Linebackers Coach East Carolina Pirates 1985-1987
Defensive Coordinator Appalachian State Mountaineers 1984
Head Coach Gardner-Webb Bulldogs 1983
Linebackers Coach The Citadel 1982
Head Coach Spartanburg High School 1980-1981
Defensive Coordinator Spartanburg High School (S.C.) 1979
Defensive Coordinator Gaffney High School (S.C.) 1976-1978
Defensive Ends Coach The Citadel 1975

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