Spencer Brandon is this week's Rifle Athlete of the Week
Falcons at home Nov. 18-19
Team matches up against VMI, Nov. 5
AF vs. Nevada, Oct. 28
- 2004, 2008, 2012 (5 medals) | U.S. Olympic Head Rifle Coach
- 2003, 2007, 2011 Pan American Games Head Rifle Coach
- 2002-2012 US Head Rifle Coach | 4 World Champions: Individual and Team; Junior and Open | 25 World Cup Medalists | 5 Olympic Medalists
- 1983 NCAA Rifle Champion
- 1992 U.S. Olympic Rifle Team Member
- 1994 U.S. National Champion
- 1983, 1991, 1995 Pan American Games Team member and Medalist
- 5-Time World Cup and Gran Prix Medalist
David Johnson begins his first season with the U.S. Air Force Academy as assistant Rifle Coach. Before coming to the Academy, he was the interim executive officer at USA Shooting, Director of Operations, and National Rifle Coach. Johnson was USA Shooting’s National Rifle Team Coach from 2002 to 2012. During that time, he helped the team to earn five Olympic medals in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games, along with several open and junior World Championship titles.
Johnson began shooting in 1972 at the Langley Junior rifle club in Virginia, and continued behind the firing line through his high school graduation in 1982. Dedicated to education, he attended West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1986. After graduation, Johnson was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserves as an Infantry Officer. His military career included a two-year assignment to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and as a coach in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
As assistant coach, he brings a multitude of experience as an athlete and coach with him as he enters his first season with the Falcons. During Johnson’s career as a rifle athlete, he was a multiple Pan American Games and World Cup medalist, a USA National Champion, and 1983 NCAA Individual Champion. Johnson helped lead his WVU Rifle Team to three National Championships. He was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, finishing 11th in Air Rifle and 21st in Three-Position Rifle.
Johnson’s first full-time coaching assignment was as head coach of University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 2000 to 2002, where he led the team to three individual and two NCAA Team titles.
“I’m honored to be able to join the staff at the US Air Force Academy and to be back in the NCAA arena,” said Johnson. “The program, facilities, staff, and student-athletes are world-class. Being part of the mission of developing our future leaders for the US Air Force is a natural for me coming from my military experience. Coach Meili and the USAFA have built a great program and I look forward to getting on the range!”
“I could not be happier that we were able to convince Dave to come back into collegiate shooting,” said Launi Meili, head rifle coach at Air Force. “He has more experience and knowledge of the sport than any coach in the U.S. He was not only successful as an athlete in NCAA and International competition, but as a coach, his athletes have produced more medals and titles than any other in more than 40 years. We are lucky to get him, and I’m ready to put him to work to help our shooters continue to perform well on the national and international stage!”