Coaches

Latest Coaching Changes for the Memphis Express

Let’s welcome aboard our two of our newest coaches: Pepper Johnson and Oshiomogho Atogwe!

Thomas “Pepper” Johnson is set to be the Defensive Line Coach for the Express. Johnson played in the NFL from 1986 to 1998 with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets. He helped the Giants to wins in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Johnson then coached in the NFL from 2000 to 2016 for the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. He spent most of his coaching career with the Patriots as the Assistant Linebacker Coach in 2000, Inside Linebacker Coach from 2001-2003, Defensive Line Coach from 2005-2011, and Linebackers Coach from 2012-2013. He was part of three Patriots Super Bowl Championship Coaching Staffs: XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX. After leaving the Patriots he was the Defensive Line Coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and held the same position for the New York Jets from 2015-2016.

Fun Fact: His nickname comes from him loving to put pepper on his corn flakes.

He can be followed on Twitter @PepJ52

Oshiomogho Atogwe is set to be the Secondary Coach. Atogwe, a native of Windsor, Ontario, played college football at Stanford where he was drafted in the Canadian Football League’s 2004 draft as the fifth overall pick but instead waited for the NFL Draft where he was selected as the 66th pick of the Third Round. He played pro football for the St. Louis Rams (2005-2010), and Washington Redskins (2011). He led the NFC in interceptions in 2007 and was named the Rams team MVP in 2008. After football Atogwe was recently an analyst for TSN, Canada’s sport network. He will be bringing a lot of knowledge to the Express Secondary in 2019.

Fun Fact: Atogwe earned a degree in biological science from Stanford.

You can follow Atogwe on twitter @IAmBlessed21

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