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Tommy Johnson Keeps Fire Burning

October 11, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

LOUISVILLE, KY - The Louisville Fire proudly announced on Thursday the contract extension of head coach Tommy Johnson who is entering his eighth season with the team.

Having the longest tenure with the team, Johnson began his Fire career as a defensive coordinator finishing the inaugural season 6-10 in 2001. After taking over the head coaching responsibilities in 2003, the Fire consistently made the playoffs becoming a winning tradition in Louisville. "Winning is only part of my objective as head coach with the Fire," said Johnson who has a history of developing and conditioning players helping them to move to leagues such as the AFL and NFL.

Coach Johnson finished the 2007 season 9-7 falling short of a possible championship. "My main goal is to win an ArenaCup championship for Louisville and our fans" said Johnson in regards to what his primary focus is for 2008. Staying with the Fire was of great interest to Johnson based on the new expanded ownership group, the goal of moving the team to the AFL and expanding on the focus of a fan friendly experience.

Professional Past

Johnson attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. In 1992, he played on the Crimson Tide squad that defeated Miami for the National Championship. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in NFL Europe. He started his Arena football career with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras. Johnson presently holds the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history. In 2008 Johnson would like to improve on his 2005 ArenaCup appearance with a victory.

Outside of the Fire, Johnson is active in the community volunteering his time at Kentucky Country Day and various speaking engagements to schools, companies and organizations.

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