The Kentucky Horsemen Arena Football team announced this week the signing of new head coach Tommy Johnson. Coach Johnson brings years of professional experience on and off the field contributing to successful records and community service.
As a defensive co-captain with the University of Alabama, Coach Johnson was part of the National Championship squad responsible for defeating the University of Miami in the Sugar Bowl in 1992. His collegiate experience led him to opportunities with the Jacksonville Jaguars for two years and stints in NFL Europe. After playing in the NFL and NFL Europe Johnson began his career in the Arena Football League. To this day Johnson continues to hold the AFL record for the longest interception return for a touchdown.
“Coaching the Horsemen is a great opportunity for me because the organization has such a rich history. Looking at the team and what they have accomplished in the community proves that our organization is dedicated to winning games and helping people in the community” said Johnson in regards to his new position with the team.
Coach Johnson will continue to build on his success, established early on in his career as head coach with the af2 Louisville Fire Arena Football team. Coach Johnson made four playoff appearances with the team including a Conference Championship and ArenaCup Championship appearance.
General Manager Matt DiLorenzo expressed “I am very excited to have someone with the experience and tenure that Coach Johnson brings to the organization. Making any coaching decision is one that must be extensively researched and thought out. I truly believe we have done our homework in making this decision not only for the Kentucky Horsemen but the entire region.”
Hitting the ground running, Coach Johnson has already begun assembling his coaching staff which will be announced in the near future.