JACKSON, Miss. –Jackson State University head football coach Harold Jackson has selected Maurice Johnson as the program’s defensive line coach.
Johnson comes to Jackson State after serving as a defensive assistant coach for the Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack, where he was in charge of coaching the linebackers.
Johnson is a former Co-Lin linebacker who earned NJCAA All-American honors in 1995. From Co-Lin he went on to play at Florida A&M University, where he helped the Rattlers compete for a NCAA Division IAA national championship. FAMU won a Black College National Championship in 1998.
Johnson has a stellar reputation as a defensive coach. Prior to coaching at Co-Lin, he served as the defensive coordinator for Benedict College (NCAA D-II) and North Carolina A&T State University for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He also had coaching stints at Florida A&M, Miles College, Edward Waters College and East Mississippi Community College.
While serving as the defensive coordinator at NCA&T, the Aggies defense made vast improvements each season. Johnson is a 1999 Florida A&M graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Johnson began his coaching career at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla.