Coaches

Kent Johnston
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Experience:
19

Biography

Kent Johnston was named the Browns’ strength and conditioning coach on January 27, 2010.  When he joined the team last year, it marked his return to the NFL following two years in the collegiate ranks and four years in the non-profit and business sector.  Johnston possesses more than 25 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels.  

Kent Johnston was named the Browns’ strength and conditioning coach on January 27, 2010.  When he joined the team last year, it marked his return to the NFL following two years in the collegiate ranks and four years in the non-profit and business sector.  Johnston possesses more than 25 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels.   

 

Johnston is a veteran of 18 previous seasons in the NFL, beginning with a five-year stint as the strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from 1987-91.  He took a similar position in 1992 on a Green Bay Packers staff that was led by current Browns President Mike Holmgren.  Johnston served the next seven years in that role, and was instrumental in one of the most successful periods in Packers history, one in which the team put together seven winning seasons, six playoff berths, three division championships, two Super Bowl appearances and one world title.   In 1997, he was honored as the "Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year" by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Society. In 2005, he was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in York, Pa.

 

Following his stint in Green Bay, Johnston joined Holmgren in Seattle and spent the next five seasons with the Seahawks (1999-2003).  Seattle posted three winning marks and made a pair of playoff appearances during that time.  He left the Seahawks following the 2003 season to take over as strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama, a post he held for the next two years.

 

Before breaking into the NFL coaching ranks, Johnston had collegiate stops at Northwestern State University (1980), University of Louisiana-Monroe (1981) and Alabama (1983-86).   The initial two years of his first stint at Alabama were spent as a graduate assistant.  In addition, Johnston served two years at the prep level, first coaching at Teague (Texas) High School in 1978, and then at Willis (Texas) High School in 1982.

 

Born in Mexia, Texas, Johnston is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from Alabama in 1984.

 

Johnston and his wife, Pam, have four sons, Kody, Kole, Clay and Cade.

 

Kent Johnston Coaching Background:

1980                Northwestern State University, strength and conditioning coach

1981                University of Louisiana-Monroe, strength and conditioning coach

1983-84           University of Alabama, graduate assistant

1985-86           University of Alabama, strength and conditioning coach

1987-91           Tampa Bay Buccaneers, strength and conditioning coach

1992-98           Green Bay Packers, strength and conditioning coach

1999-2003       Seattle Seahawks, strength and conditioning coach

2004-05           University of Alabama, strength and conditioning coach

2010-               Cleveland Browns, strength and conditioning coach