Dec. 21, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kevin Johns wrapped up his first season as Indiana's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Johns spent 2004-10 at Northwestern University, including 2006-10 as wide receivers coach.
He has 13 years of coaching experience with 11 coming in the Big Ten. Johns was named the top wide receivers coach in the Big Ten on March 2, 2011, by Rivals.com.
Coming to Bloomington reunited Johns with Kevin Wilson. Johns served as Northwestern's offensive graduate assistant for three seasons from 1999-2001 under Wilson, who served as the Wildcats offensive coordinator.
Johns talked about his first campaign in Bloomington:
On his first year at Indiana:
"Bloomington is a tremendous community and has been a great place for my wife, Krista, and my sons, Logan, Tyler and Carter. The school itself is phenomenal. We receive outstanding support from Director of Athletics Fred Glass and the entire department. Everything has been top notch. Now, it's our job to win games."
On working with Kevin Wilson once again:
"It has been fun. I worked with him at Northwestern. To see how he has changed through his time at Oklahoma with Coach Stoops and to see him in a different role was part of the reason I came down here and made this move. I wanted to watch him become a head coach, take over a program and work to get it to the top of the Big Ten. Everyday we are learning and excited about the future and what our kids bring to the table. We, as a staff, are all growing each day professionally, learning to work together, building a team and building a family."
On his wide receivers:
On what he expects from his guys in the offseason:
"We had a chance to play a lot of guys this year. When I first got here, that is something I wanted to do. That is how you build depth. We played all three true freshmen - Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn. Those three guys did a phenomenal job for us. I'm excited about where this group is headed. We'll have more speed in our room next year. The kids have great attitudes and work ethic. They are hungry. It's my job to put them in positions to be successful."
"As we go through the winter, we need to get bigger and stronger. We can stand to put on 10-15 pounds of muscle on their frames. I expect to see them in the film room learning the offense, watching last season and critiquing their techniques. It is up to them to get with the quarterbacks and build the chemistry we are going to need for next year's team."