Tommy Johnson Named Athletic Director of Fort Walton Beach High School

Tommy Johnson was named Athletic Director of Fort Walton Beach High School at the February 23, 2015 School Board Meeting. 

Johnson, son of Tommy and Anne Johnson, reigns originally from Niceville, Florida where he was an all-state player for the Niceville Eagles.  He was also a member of the 1988 state championship team.  After his high school years, Tommy attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back.  He was a member of the recruiting class that was the winningest class in Alabama history with a record of 45-5-1, until recently.   In 1992, he played on a Crimson Tide squad that defeated the Miami Hurricanes for the National Championship.  On what was arguably one of the best defenses in college football history, Johnson was the only member of that defense selected to the All Bowl team in 1992.  Johnson was a First Team All SEC selection his senior year, voted a captain of the team, and is 9th on the list for career interceptions. 

Tommy continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars for two seasons and was allocated to play in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals.  He started his Arena football career in 1998 with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras.  Johnson is presently tied for the record of the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history.  In 2004, he took over as head coach of the Louisville Fire Arena Football team.  He took a team that was previously 0-4 and was able to finish the season 8-8.  He led the Louisville Fire Arena Football team to their first ever play-off appearance and a trip to the 2005 Arena Cup Championship. 

During his tenure with the Louisville Fire, Johnson helped lead Louisville Male High School to the Kentucky State Championship game.  While at Louisville Male, Johnson coached the likes of NFL running back, Michael Bush.   Johnson also went on to coach at Kentucky Country Day School where he was part of a staff that transformed that football program into a Kentucky State contender. 

Johnson joined the Viking staff this past July and looks forward to building a program that is already rich in tradition.  In his spare time, Tommy enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Monica and their two children, Micah and  Sanai (pronounced Sun-eye).   

Career Highlights - Player

  • Niceville High School
  • 1988 State Championship
  • University of Alabama
  • 1992 National Championship
  • 1992 All Bowl Team
  • All SEC
  • Team Captain
  • 1995 All Sports Association of Northwest Florida Collegiate award winner
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Allocated to (NFL Europe)
  • Albany Firebirds (AFL)
  • Set record for longest interception for TD
  • Carolina Cobras

Career Highlights - Coach

  • Louisville Fire (AFL)
  • Winningest coach in team history
  • First ever playoff birth
  • 2005 Arena Cup Appearance
  • Louisville Male High School
  • 2004 State Championship Appearance
  • Kentucky Country Day
  • First playoff appearance in team history
  • Help build a team from 8 man football to one of the top 11 man football programs in their classification
  • Warren County High School
  • Took a Team from 25 player to 95 players in 3 years

Pictured (left to right):  Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools; Charlene Couvillon, FWBHS Principal (retiring April1st); Tommy Johnson and his family; and John Spolski, FWBHS Principal.