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Senior administrator John Johnson no longer at Nebraska

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One of former Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos' key staffers is no longer working for the Athletic Department.

Senior deputy athletic director and chief of staff John Johnson's tenure at NU ended officially Aug. 31 after a little more than two years at the school.

New Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts doesn't plan on having a chief of staff in his administration, and so Alberts and Johnson mutually decided that Johnson would leave NU, a school spokesperson told the Journal Star.

Johnson was Moos' right-hand man from the time he was hired in July 2019 to Moos' abrupt departure from the department's top post in June.

Johnson and Moos' relationship extends back decades. Johnson was a senior administrator at Washington State when Moos was the AD there and actually served as WSU's interim athletic director after Moos left for Nebraska until WSU hired Pat Chun to the full-time role.

Johnson, a Spokane, Washington, native, was the athletic director at Eastern Washington, his alma mater, from 1993-97 before leaving for Weber State, where he was the athletic director until 2004.

"(Moos) has been a mentor of mine since I was in my 20s and he’s taught me a lot and he’s helped me grow throughout the years," Johnson said when Moos was first hired at NU.

In addition to being Moos' chief of staff, Johnson was the department's liaison to Nebraska's men's basketball program. He made $250,000 annually at Nebraska.

Johnson is married to Nebraska women's golf coach Lisa Johnson, whom Moos hired away from Idaho in June 2019.

Alberts' hire was announced July 14.

One other administration note: Last week on his monthly radio appearance, Alberts said that deputy athletic director and senior women's administrator Pat Logsdon is extending her tenure at Nebraska through the end of the year. Logsdon had initially been set to retire Aug. 2 after working in the department for 42 years. After Alberts was hired, though, she agreed to stay on through the end of the calendar year.

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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