Johnny Nansen joined the USC staff in December of 2013 as the assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator.
He was at Washington the previous 5 seasons (2009-13) in a variety of roles. He was the special teams coordinator all 5 years and recruiting coordinator the first 4 years. He doubled as the defensive line coach the first 3 seasons and as the running backs coach in 2013. He also was the assistant head coach the past 2 seasons.
In 2013, the Huskies were in the national Top 20 in rushing offense, as Doak Walker Award finalist Bishop Sankey was among the nation's rushing leaders. In 2011, UW ranked No. 7 in the nation in net punting and No. 21 in punt return defense. He mentored NFL draft pick Alameda Ta'amu on the defensive line. In 2010, his special teams featured school record-setting punter Kiel Rasp. In 2009, Nansen coached UW defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, an NFL draftee who finished his career with a school-record 30 sacks. The Huskies played in the 2010 Holiday Bowl, 2011 Alamo Bowl, 2012 Las Vegas Bowl and 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl (he did not coach in the Fight Hunger Bowl).
The 40-year-old Nansen came to UW after having spent 5 seasons (2004-08) at Idaho, where he worked with the linebackers the first 3 years, defensive line the final 2 years and special teams each season.
He began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Cabrillo High in Long Beach (Calif.) in 1998. He then was a graduate assistant at Louisville in 1999, working with the defensive line as the Cardinals earned a berth in the Humanitarian Bowl, before spending the 2000 season at Montana State as the running backs coach and 3 years (2001-03) at Idaho State, the first 2 years as the cornerbacks coach (the Bengals won the Big Sky title in 2002) and the last as the secondary coach.
Nansen was a 3-year (1994-96) letterman linebacker at Washington State. The Cougars played in the 1994 Alamo Bowl. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration there in 1997.
He was a standout quarterback at Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan High.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1974. He and his wife, Hale, have 2 daughters, Makena Lei, 8, and Kealie Lei, 6, and a son, Johnny Jr., 2.
His nephew is Viane Talamaivao and his cousin is JuJu Smith, both incoming Trojans.
BIRTHDAY: Feb. 28, 1974
FAMILY: Wife, Hale; Daughters, Makena Lei, 8, and Kealie Lei, 6; Son, Johnny Jr., 2
HIGH SCHOOL: Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan HS
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, business administration, Washington State, 1997
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan HS
Washington State, linebacker, 1994-96
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 16 years
YEAR TEAM POSITION BOWL
1998 Cabrillo HS Defensive Coordinator --
1999 Louisville Graduate Assistant (Defensive Line) Humanitarian
2000 Montana State Running Backs --
2001 Idaho State Cornerbacks --
2002 Idaho State Cornerbacks --
2003 Idaho State Secondary --
2004 Idaho Linebackers/Special Teams Coord. --
2005 Idaho Linebackers/Special Teams Coord. --
2006 Idaho Linebackers/Special Teams Coord. --
2007 Idaho Defensive Line/Special Teams Coord. --
2008 Idaho Defensive Line/Special Teams Coord. --
2009 Washington Def. Line/Sp. T. Coord./Recruit. Coord. --
2010 Washington Def. Line/Sp. T. Coord./Recruit. Coord. Holiday
2011 Washington Def. Line/Sp. T. Coord./Recruit. Coord. Alamo
2012 Washington Run. Backs/Sp. T. Coord./Rec. Coord./Asst. HC Las Vegas
2013 Washington Running Backs/Sp. Teams Coord./Asst. HC Fight Hunger*
*Did not coach in bowl game
NFL STARS: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Bishop Sankey