An honors graduate of Santa Clara University, the 2012 season marks Rusty Johnson's 10th year coaching at his alma mater, focusing primarily on the development of the Bronco goalkeepers. An intergal part of the coaching staff since 2003, Johnson has helped guide the Broncos to four WCC titles in eight seasons and six NCAA College Cup tournament appearances.
Johnson holds an NSCAA National Diploma and, in 2008, he earned a United States Soccer Federation `B' License. In addition to his duties with the Broncos, he coaches the U-17 MVLA Wolfpack.
Under Johnson's tutelage, true freshman Larry Jackson posted four shutouts in 2009 to help Santa Clara tie for the league lead with five. Jackson was an All-West Coast Conference selection - as was Kevin Klasila during the Broncos' championship run in 2010. Klasila recently signed a professional contract following his Bronco career, in the spring of 2012.
Johnson was intrumental in helping Joseph Buttitta lead the WCC in shutouts with eight in 2006. In 2007, Klasila finished second nationally in the regular season with a goals against average of 0.49. Klasila was also unbeaten at 12-0-3 during the 2007 season.
While playing on the Mission Campus, Johnson etched his name into many goalkeeper categories of the Santa Clara record books. He holds the school record for most consecutive shutout minutes with 526:14, most saves in a postseason game with nine and most saves in a postseason career with 19. His career goals-against average of 0.79 is fifth-best and 164 saves are the fourth best totals in Bronco history, while his 23.5 career shutouts are second in SCU history, trailing only Eric Yamamoto who is also an assistant coach for the Broncos.
Johnson stepped into the goalkeeper position late in his freshman year and helped guide the Broncos to back-to-back College Cup appearances in 1999 and 2000.
A two-time All-West Coast Conference selection, Johnson was also selected to the NSCAA All-Far West Region team in 2000. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Johnson was also honored for his academic prowess, garnering All-Academic honors for both the WCC and the West Region.
He graduated with honors from Santa Clara with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in December 2001, maintaining a 3.64 overall GPA and a 3.83 GPA in his major. Following graduation Johnson worked as a manufacturing/design engineer for n&k Technology, Inc., located in Santa Clara until he returned to his alma mater.
He lives with his wife Meghan, in Santa Clara.