Ron Johnson officially joined the Bulls in the Summer of 2009 as a program assistant for the 2009-10 year and will assist defensive coordinator Joe Tresey in the implementation of the team's defensive strategy.
Johnson volunteered with the Bulls in the Spring of 2009 and was promoted to strength and conditioning intern before being named the defensive program assistant in the summer.
Johnson is a former defensive tackle for USF who competed from 1998-2000 under head coach Jim Leavitt. The Tampa native appeared in 17 games throughout his three-year career, missing time each season for a variety of injuries.
Despite his setbacks, Johnson totaled 59 tackles, including a career high of 24 in 1999, with three tackles for loss during his time with the Bulls.
Upon the completion of his collegiate career in 2001, Johnson was named the defensive line coach at Armwood Senior High School. After a season there, Johnson would later return to Armwood in 2007 and spend the next two years as their defensive line coach before arriving at USF.
Prior to his collegiate days, Johnson spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the age of 25, Johnson walked on to the USF football program and later received a full scholarship. One of the oldest collegiate players in the state of Florida, Johnson was nicknamed "Uncle Ron" by coaches and teammates for his mentorship of the younger players.
Johnson starred at Armwood High School and graduated in 1990.