Johnny Nansen is in his fourth year (2014-17) at USC, serving in 2016 as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He also has been the assistant head coach since his arrival at Troy in December of 2013. He was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator his first 2 seasons (2014-15) at USC.
In 2016, linebacker Cameron Smith was a Sophomore All-American and led USC in tackles. USC played in the Rose Bowl.
In 2015, tailbacks Ronald Jones II and Justin Davis each rushed for more than 900 yards, while Jones set the USC freshman season rushing record and became just the second true freshman to lead USC in season rushing. USC played in the 2015 Holiday Bowl.
In 2014, tailback Javorius Allen made All-Pac-12 first team while rushing for 1,489 yards (the most by a Trojan since 2005) and he was an NFL fourth round draft pick. USC’s special teams returned 2 punts and 2 kickoffs for touchdowns. USC played in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.
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 and NFL second round pick 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 43-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, 10, and Kealie Lei, 8, and a son, Johnny Jr., 4.
His cousin is former USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (2014-16).
BIRTHDAY: Feb. 28, 1974
FAMILY: Wife, Hale; Daughters, Makena Lei, 9, and Kealie Lei, 7; Son, Johnny Jr., 3
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: 19 years
NFL STARS: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Bishop Sankey, Javorius Allen