Rick Johnson heads into his fourth season with the team after joining head coach Ron Wigger's staff in March of 2011.
He helped mentor Army to 10 wins in 2012-13 for the most victories since 2007-08, along with three Black Knights earning All-America certificates the last two years. His first year with the team, Johnson was instrumental in Army posting its highest finish (fourth) at the NCAAs since earning runner-up honors in 2008, along with crowning a Great America Rifle Conference champion.
Since joining the staff, Army has compiled a 19-6 mark and finished fourth the last two years at the GARC Championships. His peers rewarded his performance at Army with his selection as the GARC assistant of the Year in 2014.
A competitive smallbore shooter for over 25 years, Johnson is a three-time Massachusetts state champion. He captured the 3-position Junior State title in 1985 and defended his title the following year when he was also crowned the Prone Junior State champion.
Johnson was the founder and director of the junior marksmanship program at Harvard (2005-11) for youngsters between 10-20 years old interested in competitive shooting. He provided instruction in firearm safety, along with teaching marksmanship skills, and has had several members graduate into the collegiate level of competition. He also served at the same time as head coach of the Massachusetts Junior Rifle Team (2006-11) that was comprised of the top shooters within the state.
Following graduation from UMass-Lowell with a bachelor of science degree in meteorology in 1999, Johnson was an assistant staff meteorologist at MIT for eight years.
The first assistant under Wigger, Johnson was on hand in 2011 when the Black Knights headed to the NCAA Championships for the eighth straight year. A licensed USA shooting level 1 rifle official and advanced rifle coach, Johnson and his wife Ann have a son Erik (20) who is a junior at RPI.